Homestead Road  
Maps:        
USGS 7.5' Map: Cold Springs Park, Cochetopa Park
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 2 BLM 3084a 11.61 9,022 to 9,950 ft. NA 2-3 hours
County: Saguache
Adopted by:      
Managed by: BLM, Gunnison Field Office 650 South 11th Street, Gunnison, CO 81230 970-642-4940
Summary: The Homestead Road runs on both sides of Los Pinos Creek before it enters Cochetopa Creek.
Attractions:  
Seasonal
Closure:
Natural - closed by heavy snows.
Best Time: June- Best
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows can close the road
Trail Heads
Accessed:
 
Camping: There are dispersed sites at the north end near Dry Gulch.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp to explore the Cochetopa Dome area.
Fall Colors: Poor - The area is open and mainly scattered pine forest.
Navigation: From Gunnison, CO. head east on US-50 E/E Tomichi Ave toward N Iowa Street. Continue to follow US-50 E for 8.1 miles. Turn right onto CO-114 E and go 20.2 miles. Turn right onto County Rd NN 14 and go 3.4 miles. Turn right onto George Bush Drive and go 3.7 miles. Turn right to start the Homestead Road.

From Saguache, CO. head west on CO-114 W/Gunnison Ave toward 9th Street. Continue to follow CO-114 W for 41.4 miles. Turn left onto County Rd NN 14 and go 3.4 miles. Turn right onto George Bush Drive and go 3.7 miles. Turn right to start the Homestead Road.
History:  
Description:
Leaving George Bush Drive, the north branch of the Homestead Road will be a graded road. It will go about three quarters of a mile and pass around a small man made pond. The road will continue north across open land coming to an intersection. The left heads southwest to some trees and then becomes faint and ends at a fence. The right is the Homestead Road which will go 0.20 miles and come to another intersection. The road to the right is fainter, being a spur that ends at a fence in about a quarter of a mile. Stay with the left. The road will climb up a low hill into some scattered pines. Along this hill top there will be a few dispersed camp sites. Past the camp sites the road will drop over into Dry Gulch where it will make a left turn in the gulch and head west up Dry Gulch. You will immediately come to a fence. This is the boundary to Forest Service managed land and the road continues as Homeastead, FR854, road.

Note: I have not been on the southern Homestead Road network described below.

Back at the George Bush Drive, there are two roads that turn left, or south, before the previously described road. These are the southern Homestead Roads that form a network up on top of the low ridge to the south. The two roads climb to the top and then connect with each other along a northeast to southwest running road along the top.

Data updated - November 30, 2019      4WD Road driven - September 2, 2019      Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2020