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By Cole Ford

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Carnage CanyonSo what's in a name?
Some trails are named to scare you but then later you find out that the trail is just a walk in the park. Others are named to trick you into thinking something mellow is ahead when you really should think twice. Carnage Canyon is an oldie but goodie just outside Boulder, Colorado. It is a trail that has earned its name. The trail is only about 1.2 miles in length and runs along the floor of a canyon, which is tight and filled with large rocks.

The trail is not one of the most difficult on the planet but offers some good hard core challenges. Good flex, high clearance, rocker protection and skid plates are a must for this trip. If you make it out in one piece, there are many miles of easier trails in the area to explore when you are done.

These pictures are from several tips to Carnage Canyon, which we run several times a year. They will give you a good idea of what to expect.

Carnage CanyonThis area has been abused with people dumping trash and shooting at the bottom of the canyon. The trail was cleaned up last year, so please do us all a favor and keep it clean! If you find some trash please pick it up and take it out with you. This will help keep this great trail open for all of us.


  • Take Highway 36 north from Boulder until you come to the left turn for "Left Hand Canyon"
  • Follow the canyon west for about 3.5 miles. It is the first obvious trailhead on your right (FS 286)
  • Follow the trail straight back for Carnage. You can turn uphill to the left before Carnage Canyon if you would like to explore the rest of the area without the challenge of Carnage Canyon.


GPS Information
Trail Head
N40, 06.626
W. 105, 18.365
End of Carnage Canyon
N40, 06.865
W105, 20.214



Cole Ford

Cole Ford is a staff writer for ROCKCRAWLER.com and resides in Littleton, CO. Cole is the owner of Project Cross Trainer.

Contact Ford at xtremjeepn@rockcrawler.com


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