Arapaho National Forest, Colorado

Elevation Gain2,181ft
Trailhead Elevation9,833ft
Elevation Min/Max9162/10387ft
Elevation Start/End9833/9833ft


Deadhorse is a hiking and horse trail in Grand County, Colorado. It is within Arapaho National Forest. It is 4.7 miles long and begins at 9,833 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,181 feet. This trail connects with the following: County Highway 742 and Tipperary Creek.

Deadhorse Professional Reviews and Guides

"The wide, gradually ascending Deadhorse Creek Road, west of Fraser, in the Fraser Experimental Forest, is ideal for the cross-country skier and snowshoer. However, the good downhill runs on the return are the skier’s bonus.

Other positive features are the absence of forbidden snowmobiles and glorious vistas in the higher areas. Several other trails are also nearby. Please do not interfere with any equipment in the Fraser Experimental Forest."

"The Deadhorse Creek Loop is one of several good cross-country skiing and snowshoe routes southwest of Fraser. Unless you prefer steep downhill descents on a narrower trail, try this loop in a counterclockwise direction.

This enables you to ascend the steep, shorter, and narrower Spruce Creek Trail and enjoy a long, gradual skier’s glide down the wide Deadhorse Creek Road."

"This hike takes place in the gorgeous Winter Park–Fraser Valley area. With high-alpine views and densely walled stands of lodgepole pine nestled below the Vasquez and Byers Peak Wilderness Areas, this is a perfect place to strap on snowshoes for some winter fun.

Located between Interstate 70 and Rocky Mountain National Park, the Fraser Valley is made to order for outdoor lovers, and this trail is one of its highlights. If you are looking for solitude and an opportunity to break some fresh snow, plan on making the Deadhorse Creek Loop one of your destinations."

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A fun trail through the woods. Trail is wide enough that if there are a lot of people there you can easily get one another.

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Trail Information

Arapaho National Forest
Nearby City
Arapaho National Forest
Arapaho National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Bottle Pass; Trails Illustrated Number 103
Local Maps

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Oct 2018