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Lefthand Canyon OHV Area

Monday, July 22, 2019

Other Names

Left Hand Canyon OHV Area, Lefthand Canyon, Roosevelt National Forest, Lefthand Creek, Carnage Canyon, Fairview Peak, Golden Age Hill, Parphyry Mountain, Fdr 286

Last Known StatusTemporarily Closed  (due to flood damage)

This was a popular off-road destination that offered some technical single track, challenging hillclimbs and several steep, rocky 4x4 trails with rewarding scenic mountain views but the area has been closed to motorized use over the recent years.

Other motorized trail systems that are nearby and still open include Stillwater Pass, Kingston Peak, Red Cone and Golden Horseshoe. As of this writing it's unknown if the area will ever reopen. For current updates contact the Boulder Ranger District by scrolling to the bottom of this page.

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesColorado OHV Sticker
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)(1998/older limit 99 dB, 1998/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Permitted
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresNo Restriction
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
Rule EnforcementFew/Periodic
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TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
Camping(None)

RATINGS

Prosfree, scenic views, primitive camping allowed
Consvery rocky
Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
Spring/Summer
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityBoulder, CO
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From: Boulder, CO
1) Take US 36 north about 9 miles
2) Turn left (west) on Lefthand Canyon Drive
3) Continue about 3.5 miles
4) Turn right (north) on FDR 286
5) Proceed about .5 miles toward the staging area.

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoRoosevelt National Forest - Boulder Ranger District
2140 Yarmouth Avenue
Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 541-2500
mailroom_r2_arapaho_roosevelt@fs.fed.us
www.fs.usda.gov
Contact InfoColorado Parks And Wildlife - Registration Unit
13787 South Highway 85
Littleton, CO 80125
(303) 791-1920
dnr.ivrsparks@state.co.us
cpw.state.co.us
CommentColorado OHV Registration Info

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TERRAIN

Approx Size14 acres
Miles Of Trail20
Climate TypeForest
Elevation6000 to 8000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe national forest has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has some shooting ranges or gunfire.Some
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SE)Boulder
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SE)Boulder
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SE)Boulder
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (NE)Parrish Ranch RV Resort (303) 772-5118
RV Dump Station RV Disposal20-30 Miles (E)Carter Lake (970) 679-4570
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (NW)Peaceful Valley Campground (877) 444-6777
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SE)N. Boulder Market (303) 444-0215
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