Trough Road Pass   
USGS 7.5' Map: Kremmling, Sheephorn Mountain, Radium
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Graded Cnty 1 14.60 7,000 to 8,329 ft. NA 1-2 hours
County: Grand
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Grand County 308 Byers Ave., P.O. Box 264, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451 (970)725-3347
Summary: Trough Road Pass is a county road that runs between Kremmling and the Colorado River Gorge.
Attractions: Scenic
Best Time: July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Best
Trail Heads
Camping: There are few dispersed camp sites along Trough Road. There are some private campgrounds along the Colorado River.
Base Camp: Not a good area to base camp.
Fall Colors: None - There are no aspen along Trough Road.
Navigation: From Kremmling, CO. head south on Colorado Hwy 9 South/6th Street for 2.3 miles. Turn right onto County Hwy 1/Trough Road and go 11.1 miles. Turn left onto County Hwy 103 and go 2.6 miles. Slight right and go 0.7 miles.

From Wolcott, CO. head north on Colorado Hwy 131 North toward Yacht Club Drive. Continue on Colorado Hwy 131 for 13.6 miles. Turn right onto County Rd 1/Trough Rd and go 9.6 miles.
History: In the spring of 1913 Grand County began developing the route over Trough Road Pass as an extension of the Midland Trail that was heading to Salt Lake City. In 1924 it was shown on a road map of the area. The road continued to get improved, but you still had to open and close cattle gates until 1925. Even though it was slated to be a major east west route across Colorado, other routes prevailed and Trough Road Pass fell into disuse.

Helmuth, Ed and Gloria. The Passes of Colorado Boulder, Colorado: Pruett, 1994. Print.
Trough Road Pass is a low pass above the Colorado River Gorge west of Kremmling. It is a graded county road that heads west into the mountains south of Kremmling. Within the first mile you will cross over the Blue River and then climb as County road 1 passes a few private homes. At approximately six miles you will be at Trough Road Divide, a wide valley between San Toy Mountain to the north and Sheephorn Mountain to the south.

From here the road will drop toward the Colorado River. It will come to a sharp curve called Inspiration Point. Once around this point you will be able to see the Colorado River at the bottom of Gore Canyon. Just below Inspiration Point there is a pull off where you can view Gore Canyon and get pictures of the Colorado River. From here the Trough Road heads back into rolling hills and crosses Hartman Gulch before looping back near the Colorado River once more. In 2.5 miles Trough Road will drop down to Sheephorn Creek and continue west to State Bridge.
Data updated - November 30, 2017     4WD Road driven - August 31, 2013     Copyright - 2000-2017