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My Dad and I try to find, and stay on, the new Rimrocker Trail that goes from Montrose, CO to Moab, UT. In this video, we’ll cover the first part of the trail from Montrose, CO to Nucla, CO.
Official Website for the Rimrocker Trail:
Local news story on the new Rimrocker Trail:
Part 1 Directions - Montrose, CO to Nucla, CO:
To get to the staging area of the Rimrocker Trail outside Montrose, CO navigate to (N38 25.833 W107 59.116). The approach to the staging area should bring you down Highway 90.
The staging area is useful as a rally point and for airing down but do not depart the staging area using any of the local off road trails. You start the Rimrocker Trail by making a left back onto Highway 90.
Before leaving the staging area reset your trip meter to zero - the approximated distances below are based on this.
As you proceed down Highway 90 you should start to see Rimrocker Trail signposts, which are green in color. However, in the National Forests, the Rimrocker Trail signposts are brown.
At approximately 11.7 miles from the staging area, you should enter the Uncompahgre National Forest. At this point, Highway 90 Road is now signed as Forest Service Road (FSR) 540. Continue to follow FSR 540.
At approximately 14.5 miles from the staging area, FSR 402 (aka Divide Road) joins from the left – continue straight on FSR 540/402.
At approximately 15.2 miles from the staging area, FSR 540 diverges to the left. Do not follow FSR 540 but continue straight on FSR 402 (aka Divide Road) toward Columbine Pass.
At approximately 30.8 miles from the staging area, an important left hand turn onto onto FSR 503 will be at Columbine Pass (N38 25.025 W108 22.8778). The road FSR 503 is also known as 25 Mesa Road and the Delta-Nucla Road.
At approximately 47.1 miles from the staging area, you will leave the national forest and hit pavement on 25 Mesa Road and the Delta-Nucla Road.
At approximately 53.3 miles from the staging area, you should enter Nucla, CO where you'll turn right on East 4th Avenue (N38 16.204 W108 32.207).
Turn left onto Main Street and head South into Nucla to start the next leg.
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