The Ouray County Nordic Council, a branch of the Ouray Trail Group, maintains three to four miles of groomed trail with set Nordic track in a fairly level valley south of Ouray on Hwy 550. The trail glides past the historic ghost town of Ironton. There are also many more challenging miles of ungroomed "blue" trails, which are clearly marked, to historic mine sites and scenic overlooks. Trail maps are available at the trailhead. Donations are welcome to help fund trail grooming.
Hiking trails maintained by the Ouray Trails Group include:
Albany Loop/Hendrick Gulch, Hayden, Mears, Full Moon, Gray Copper,
Beaver/Belfast, Colorado Boy (see Ironton Nordic Trails), Richmond
Access to the famous Alpine Loop may be gained here by taking the "Corkscrew four wheel road. Camp at the trail head and unload your ATVS and Rangers for immediate use.
The Alpine Loop Back Country Byway in the northern San Juan Mountains of Colorado is a spectacular 65-mile tour of some of North America's most magnificent scenery. The byway boasts two 12,000+ foot passes that require a high clearance, four wheel drive vehicle. Drivers on the route take a slower pace, allowing time to soak in the scenery rather than watching the mile markers whiz by. For those with an adventurous spirit (and an appropriate vehicle!), the area offers an opportunity to look backward in time Ã¯Â¿Â½ to a time when early miners struggled in a rugged, often hostile environment. Remnants of the hard rock mining past Ã¯Â¿Â½ historic structures, old rail beds and tramways -- dot the landscape, telling a story of a bygone era and a different way of life.
http://www.alpineloop.com/HTML/index.html for more information.