Cow Creek Road

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Cow Creek Road offers an easier alternatative to the JQS Trail for access to the top of the Roan Plateau.  This road can be accessed by taking Highway 13 North out of Rifle for 18 miles, then taking the Piceance Creek Road (County Road 5) West toward Rangely for 4.5 miles.  The Cow Creek Road exit is on your left. Take it and drive south into the Roan Plateau area for about 30-45 minutes to reach the edge of the Bookcliffs. From here, the views are stunning as the road follows the edge of the cliffs and eventually reaches the JQS Trail, Anvil Points, and other destinations on the Roan Plateau.   Expect to need 4-wheel drive capability for most of the year as the road can be muddy with deep ruts. The road is sometimes graded prior to hunting season making for a fall trip that can be made by most vehicles with decent clearance.

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