Buchanan Pass Trailhead


Buchanan Pass Trailhead is five miles west of Camp Dick at the end of the Middle Saint Vrain four-wheel-drive extreme road. This road should only be attemped by experienced drivers with a high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle. Limited parking is available in a small parking area.

This trailhead provides access to the Buchanan Pass Trail. For current information on road openings and closures, check the Road Status Table.

At a Glance

Permit Info: This trailhead accesses the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area:
  • Camping permits required for all overnight trips between June 1 and September 15. Overnight permits cost $5 per group, per trip from June 1 through September 15.
  • Organized groups are required to have a permit for both camping and day-hiking year round. Day-hiking permits are free.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Indian Peak Wilderness restrictions apply:
  • Motorized and mechanized vehicles are prohibited.
  • Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times.
  • Campfires prohibited.
  • Campsites must be at least 100 feet away from water and trail.
  • Group size is limited to 12 (people and livestock combined).
Fishing and hunting: permitted in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
Closest Towns: Allenspark, Colorado
Water: Middle Saint Vrain Creek; treat water for drinking
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone 303-541-2500, Fax 303-541-2515; Contact Us

General Information


Approximately 6.5 miles north of Ward, Colorado, on Colorado Highway (CO) 72, watch for signs for Peaceful Valley and Camp Dick Campgrounds. Turn west onto Middle Saint Vrain Road (County Road [CR] 92 and National Forest System Road [NFSR] 114) and proceed approximately one mile to Camp Dick. Continue west five miles on the rough four-wheel-drive road to Buchanan Pass Trailhead.

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