Chinaman Gulch and Carnage Canyon

Johnson Village, Colorado 81211

Chinaman Gulch and Carnage Canyon

Chinaman Gulch and Carnage Canyon Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This area is primarily used by four-wheelers, ATVs and dirt bikes. Hikers and mountain bikers find other places more appealing. The trail is open all year and receives comparatively small amounts of snow. Consequently, it is a popular winter destination. Carnage Canyon is a nationally recognized extreme trail. Out-of-state license plates are often seen in the parking area. The organized four-wheeling community has worked hard with the BLM to keep this area open for 4-wheeling. It is critical that users stay on established routes at all times. Users of Carnage Canyon are expected to clean up any type of fluid spills, immediately. Make sure someone in your group carries a spill kit. Rock-stacking is heavily frowned upon. If you must stack rocks to get over an obstacle, remove them when you are done. Chinaman Gulch: Difficult: The rockiest part of the trail is within the first half mile. Chinaman Gulch is narrow and sandy with isolated rock obstacles. Two obstacles in the gulch can be completely bypassed, while a third has a moderate approach on one side. A narrow trail climbs tightly through the trees out of the gulch, then descends a rocky ridge back to the start of loop. The trail is better suited for modified vehicles with lockers and skid plates. Carnage Canyon: An extreme trail for radically modified vehicles. Minimum 35-inch tires with lockers both ends. Even with this equipment, you’ll need to winch much of the time. Mechanical failure and body damage are a common occurrence."

Chinaman Gulch and Carnage Canyon Trip Reports

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An excellent training grounds, especially for rookies. Myself, included. Chinaman is a nice picnic, but Carnage is where it's at.
Short wheelbase w/higher lifts + 37s + dbl. lockers; minimum. Winching is likely at the final obstacle, but my buggy jumped up it on the third attempt with a winch-diaper hooked up. I'll do it again.

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Trail Information

Johnson Village
Nearby City
Trail Type
ATVs and Dirt Bikes
3 to 4 hours
Spring through fall; when snow free
Bureau of Land Management
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