Broken Antler

Rating: 
One-way Distance: 1.3 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
MTB Skill level:
Elevation: 6448 - 6676 feet
Cellphone: 1-3 bars
Time: 30 mins.
Trailhead: Buzzard Gulch
Fee: none
Attractions: Fun singletrack




Broken Antler is part of the Buzzard Gulch Trails in the Dry Creek Recreation Area near Montrose, Colorado. The trails are very popular with hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders and trail runners. The Broken Antler trail begins near the lower end of Rusty Buckets where it follows a sometimes rocky route through sagebrush flats and a pinion/juniper forest until it meets back up with the Rusty Buckets trail at a junction with Dakota Rim. Enroute it is connected to by the upper end of the Buzzard Gulch trail.


Broken Antler begins near the 0.2 mile point of the Rusty Buckets trail measuring from where Rusty Bucket departs from the Bull Snake trail.


The trail starts out along a nice hard packed dirt surface.


The rocks encountered on this part of the trail are small and of little consequence.


A little before the half mile point the Buzzard Gulch trail branches off on the right.


From there Broken Antler continues weaving its way through the trees.


Some of the rocks start getting bigger and clunkier in a few of the rougher spots.


For the most part though the trail still has a lot of nice and easy stretches.


The further the trail goes the rockier it gets.


The trail ends up getting rough enough to throw it into the intermediate skill level for mountain bikers.


Broken Antler comes to an end at a junction with the Rusty Buckets and Dakota Rim trails. If you go to the right on the Dakota Rim trail for about a tenth of a mile there is a nice overlook along the rim above Spring Creek Canyon. The Dakota Rim trail reaches the Dave Wood Road in just under 1 mile. Going to the left on Rusty Buckets is a nice route that ends at the Bull Snake trail after a mile and a half. The section of the Broken Antler between this spot and the Buzzard trail is part of the 20.4 mile long Whole Uncolada trail that begins up on the Uncompahgre Plateau. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is grab your bike or 'Take a hike'.