Sat, Aug 3, 2024

Left Hand Reservoir Off-Road Tour 2024

Left Hand Park Reservoir

About this event

Route:  Nelson Rd & Hwy 36 - Left Hand Reservoir - Nelson Rd & Hwy 36

This is a 5-hour off-road tour, intended for high-clearance vehicles including BMW SAVs. We will drive towards Brainard Lake on paved Roads. Before the reservoir, there are about 2 miles of rough road, high-clearance 4WD/AWD is recommended. This is considered a mild 4WD route, driveable by stock Subarus. Enjoy spectacular views of the Indian Peaks with the Left-Hand reservoir in the foreground. Non-Motorized watercraft are allowed. There are no restrooms at the reservoir. There are restrooms at winter parking for Brainard Lake (before the start of 4WD). The registration limit is 12 vehicles.

On the return leg, there are about 3 miles of smooth dirt on Overland Road.

Organizer / Contact for Information:  Naveen Viswanath at or 720-272-3550

Starting Point:  Parking area beside Nelson Road, east of US 36 at 8:45 am

Event Schedule

  • 8:45 – Arrive at roadside parking on Nelson Road near US Highway 36
  • 9:15-10:15 – 23-mile drive to Left Hand Reservoir via Ward [Google Maps Link].
  • 10:15-12:45 – 2.5 hours at the reservoir - explore and picnic lunch. Option to break off and spend more time at the reservoir
  • 12:45-1:45 – 25-mile drive back via Overland Road and Jamestown [Google Maps Link
This driving event is held on public roads. Individuals participating must observe and abide by all traffic laws at all times.
Highway-legal vehicles are welcome; no make or model restrictions. High Clearance 4WD/AWD recommended
Membership in the RMC BMW CCA is required to attend this event. Not a member? Join today!
This a FREE event but does require registration. Registration is limited to 12 cars. Walk-up registration is not allowed for this event.
Notification of a weather-related cancelation will go out by 7 am to your RMC BMW CCA email on the day of the drive

Photo credit: Naveen Viswanath


Event requirements

Event requirements: Please bring water, snacks, clothing, and other necessities to keep both people and cars happy at high altitudes in Colorado. 

Entries (2)

Sam Kunugi
Naveen Viswanath

Left Hand Park Reservoir

Ward, CO


Off Road organized by

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