Coaldale - 2/2/17 version

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The Coaldale area is a rural community that has several county roads and only two BLM motorized routes. The area is often rideable in winter because it doesn't get much snow.

The motorized routes are easy dirt county roads and two more difficult BLM dirt roads. BLM road #6195A climbs steadily up to a mining area. BLM road #6195 has it's ups and downs to eventually dead-end at private property. The total riding mileage is about 7 miles, so both routes can easily be ridden in a day. The county road next to Big Cottonwood Creek runs up to the Rainbow Trail; very good RBT access and bailout route. The Coaldale area has limited recreational value.

The map clip on the right --->  shows the Highway 50 entrance to the area. Click the map to see a larger jpg version showing the entire area (print for reference).

Click Off-highway Vehicles and then "Coaldale" on the lower right to get a pdf map of the area.

Click Recreation to see a list of BLM areas.

Click BLM Seasonal Closures page (NEW) to see the Royal Gorge Field Office Wet Weather Gate Status.

DIRECTIONS: From Cañon City, drive US Highway 50 west to Coaldale. Turn left onto County Road 39.

From Salida, drive US Highway 50 east to Coaldale, about 20 miles. Turn right onto County Road 40 or 39.

YouTube video - Coaldale area ride on 3/14/13 riding a Honda CRF250L.

See Dual Sport Riding in Central Colorado for information about other areas and rides.

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