Utah Hill  
USGS 7.5' Map: Central City
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 1 FR716 2.00 10,540 ft. NA 1-2 hours
County: Gilpin
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Roosevelt National Forest
Clear Creek Ranger District
101 Chicago Creek Road
P.O. Box 3307
Idaho Springs, CO 80452
Summary: Utah Hill 4WD road runs along the west side of Dakota Hill toward Utah Hill.
Attractions: Scenic Views
Natural, closed by heavy snows
Best Time: June - May still be drifted in on the north side and in the heavy timber early in the month.
July - Best time.
August - Best time.
September - Best time.
October - Watch for early snows.
Trail Heads
Camping: The southern end of the Utah Hill 4WD road offers the most dispersed sites. Be aware of private property and do not camp at old mine sites, they are also private property.
Base Camp: There is a good network of other 4WD roads in the area to explore. Most roads are old mining roads of moderate challenge.
Fall Colors: Good - The south side of Dakota Hill has large aspen stands.
Navigation: From Black Hawk, CO. head northwest on Bobtail Road toward Gregory Street for 0.4 miles. Turn right onto Gregory Street and go 0.2 miles. Continue onto Black Hawk Street for 236 ft. Turn left onto CO-119 and go 1.9 miles. Turn left onto County Rd 4-S and go 1.4 miles. Slight right to stay on Co Rd 4-S and go 4.2 miles passing through the semi-ghost town of Apex. Continue on County Rd 4-S for 1.2 miles climbing some switchbacks to an area where there are mine buildings. The road to the right and in front of the main set of buildings is the Utah Hill 4WD road.
Utah Hill 4WD road is a short section of graded road that heads south from a switchback on the Dakota Hill 4WD road. It runs along the west side of Dakota hill through a heavily forested area. The road is a ledge road, but it is wide and sees maintenance. After approximately 2 miles the Utah Hill 4WD road will come out into an open area with good views of the Continental Divide. From here the road to the left and right is the Oregon Hill 4WD road, FR713.1.
Data updated: March 30, 2014        4WD Road driven: July 11, 2011        Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2014