Bunce School Road  
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USGS 7.5' Map: Raymond, Allenspark
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 3 FR105, FR213.1, FR115.1A, Cnty105 5.00 8,800 ft. Rock - 1 2 hours
County: Boulder
Adopted by: Nissan Off-Road Association of Colorado    
Managed by: Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forest,
Boulder Ranger District
2140 Yarmouth St.
Boulder, CO 80301
(303)444-6600
Summary: Bunce School Road is an easy 4WD road that runs from near Allenspark, Colorado to Peaceful Valley Campground. There is one rocky spot to navigate.
Attractions: Bunce School Road is an easy 4WD road that has some challenging side roads off of it, Ironclads, Bunce School Cutoff, and the T-33 Crash Site road.
Seasonal
Closure:
Closed by heavy snows. The southern end is closed when the Middle St. Vrain, FR114, closes seasonally at the end of November.
Best Time: June - Good, snow should be gone.
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - May get early snow.
Trail Heads
Accessed:
 
Camping: Bunce School Road has most of its dispersed camp sites at the northeast end of the road, but campsites exist all along it.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp to explore other 4WD roads in the area like T-33 Crash Site, FR203, Middle St. Vrain, FR114, Ironclads, FR216, Rock Creek, FR116.2, and Taylor Mountain, FR330.
Fall Colors: Average. There are aspen groves at the northeast end of Bunce School Road.
Navigation: From Allenspark, Colorado head southeast on Highway 7 for 3.7 miles. Turn right off of Hwy 7 onto South St. Vrain Drive. This is the entrance to the historic Bunce School House. Head southwest from the school house taking the lefthand road at the intersection. In less than a quarter mile you will reach public lands and a large parking area.

From Lyons, Colorado take Main Street west and turn left onto Highway 7. Follow Hwy 7 for 15 miles to South St. Vrain Drive. This is the entrance to the historic Bunce School House. Head southwest from the school house taking the lefthand road at the intersection. In less than a quarter mile you will reach public lands and a large parking area.

From Nederland, Colorado head west on West 2nd Street. This becomes Highway 72, the Peak to Peak Highway. Follow Hwy 72 for 21.5 miles to its intersection with Highway 7. Turn left onto Hwy 7 and go 0.6 miles to South St. Vrain Drive. This is the entrance to the historic Bunce School House. Head southwest from the school house taking the lefthand road at the intersection. In less than a quarter mile you will reach public lands and a large parking area.
History:  
Description:
From the parking area Bunce School Road heads southwest. Just past the parking lot is the intersection with FR 115.1A to the right. This is a spur road that ends at private property within a half mile. Continuing on Bunce School Road, FR 105 you will come to another intersection within a half mile. To the left is Cave Creek FR 217 which heads down to Hwy 72. Continue to the right to stay on FR 105.
Bunce School Road through the aspen

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Adam M

In about 0.2 miles you will come to the next intersection. To the right is the Ironclads, FR 216, which climbes around Ironclad Mountain. Stay to the left to stay on FR 105. At 3/4 of a mile from the last intersection you will pass an access to private property. This section of Bunce School Road is mostly on private property. Please respect their land. From here you will climb a short distance up onto a flat ridge that is forested with pine trees. There are few views through this part of the road.

Bunce School Road is a favorite for winter Snow Runs. It has mostly flat terrain and offers a few short hills for challenges.
Bunce School Road

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Bunce School Road

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Just before making a short hairpin turn you will have entered public lands again. At the start of the wider hairpin turn that follows is a spur road to the left. This is FR 213.1 which dead ends in 0.2 miles. After making the second hairpin turn you will cross back onto private property in a half mile. You will come out of the trees finally and pass along a fences property that encompasses the open meadow to your right. After passing another small meadow you will once again be on public lands. You will come to an intersection with Park Creek, FR 202.1, to your right. Continue on FR 105, to the left. You will come to a switchback that starts the descent down to the Middle St. Vrain creek below. You will do a second swtichback before connecting with the paved road in Peaceful Valley campground. To the left will take you to Hwy 72. To the right will take you to Camp Dick campground and the Middle St. Vrain 4WD road trailhead.
Data updated - January 15, 2017      4WD Road driven - July 14, 2009      Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2017