Thunder Trail System (#593, #594, #595, #596)

The Thunder Trails System is a combination of four interconnecting trail loops that offer fun and challenge for all. Starting at the Thunder Trailhead (north to south), the loops include: Thunder Loop Trail #596, Portis Loop Trail #595, Naturita Rim Loop Trail #594 and Goshorn Loop Trail #593. Parking is also available at the south end of Thunder Road, FSR 609. The trails west of Thunder Road provide a rockier, more technical riding experience and offer great views of Naturita Canyon. The trails east of Thunder Road travel through the ponderosa pine forest and open meadows, providing a smoother, faster ride.  

Trail System Brochure      Geo-Ref. Trail Map    Geo-Ref. Instructions

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open Season:  Summer/Fall
Open Season: May 1
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer and Fall
Restrictions: Open to hiking, horseback riding, mountain bikes, and motorcycles.
Closest Towns: Norwood, Colorado

General Information


From Norwood: Travel south on Aspen Street, County Road 42Z, and continue south for approximately 1 mile to a Large “National Forest Access” sign. Turn west on CR Y43 Road and travel 0.5 miles. Turn south onto CR 41.5Y and continue for approximately 1.7 miles. Turn west onto FSR #609 and continue 1.2 miles to the Thunder Trails Trailhead.


T. 44 N; R. 13 W; Section: 8. U.S.G.S. Map: Oak Hill. Elevation: 7,731 feet. Latitude: N38.08, Longitude: W-108.32.


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

Horse Riding

OHV Trail Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
19 miles

  Elevation : 
7,731 feet - 8,240 feet