HPH Favorite Places to Run – Dirt Roads
Welsh Lane/Howell Road
Welsh Lane is a long, rolling dirt road on the northwest side of town. It dead-ends at Howell Road, another long and rolling dirt road. Combined, the two roads can make for some great out-and-back long runs if you’re looking for something off the pavement.
Sand Creek Road and Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Sand Creek Road is a long, rolling dirt road just south of town. Starting near the cement factory, it heads south-west, running alongside the Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge for several miles and offering beautiful views of Sheep Mountain and Jelm Mountain before turning south to Colorado. Sand Creek Road stays clear and runnable most of the winter, making it a great road for long out-and-back runs when all of the mountain trails are snowed over. As an added bonus, the Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge offers several out-and-back or loop options on double-track trails. Click here for more information on the Refuge.
Directions: Take 3rd Street/287 South. After passing the Albany County Fairgrounds, make the first right onto Huron Street. Follow Huron to the end and turn left. At the cement factory, turn right and follow signs left to Sand Creek Road. You can park along the side of the road, or drive 7 miles to Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge to park there.
W. Pilot Peak Road-Eagle Rock Road Loop
W. Pilot Peak Road is a dirt road that begins directly across from the Tie City Trailhead parking lot and leads to a network of long, rolling dirt roads around the high prairie and forest. We’ve mapped out a challenging 12.3 mile loop here, but runners can choose to do a much longer loop, or a shorter out-and-back on these roads. Runners should take extra caution in regards to the weather, as much of this run can be exposed to high winds.
Snowy Range Dirt Roads