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Off-Road, Trails, Vistas & Winches.

Welcome to the 2019 4x4 and OHV Season! Below is a list of local trails with their opening status.

Ouray has a many companies that offer Jeep rentals and guided 4x4 tours with fun, experienced and knowledgeable guides, so make sure you give them a call and take advantage of this great adventure while you’re in town. For current off-road trail conditions, please contact the experts at our local jeep rental and tour companies. Updates can also be found on the San Juan National Forest recreation page and the Ouray County Four Wheel Drive Roads Condition Report. Find more details about our favorite trails here.

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(Updates as of August 20, 2019)

Most roads will probably open later than usual this year due to an exceptional winter and avalanche events all through the San Juan Mountains. What we do have is gorgeous waterfalls, incredible snow cuts, stunning snow-covered peaks and wildflowers that are just starting to come up from under the snow (we can't imagine how beautiful it's going to be once the snow melts). 

Please be cautious of Avalanche debris, high river waters, snow bridges and rapidly changing weather. If recreating in the backcountry be prepared for sun, snow or rain at any given moment. And we always ask users to Stay on the trail, pick up extra litter, view but stay away from wildlife and be a courteous, conscientious steward of our backcountry. Remember, the joy is in the journey and beautiful landscapes, not in the destination :)

Our County Road crews are working hard to start moving all of that snow but their safety and the safety of their communities comes first. Remember, if you encounter one of the crews in a yellow county dozer, give them room (at least 200 feet), stop and give them a huge thank you for all the hard work this year! If a road is closed by barricades, do not travel beyond road closure barricades (even if you are on foot) and do not move barricades to access closed roads. Driving on closed roads can seriously damage the roadway, as well as put your vehicle at risk. Driving off trail to go around a sign seriously impacts the fragile tundra. Let our crews and Mother Nature do her work and allow them to dry out naturally so that all have a chance to enjoy them when they do open.

Updates to this page are made as soon as the local contacts relay the information. If the date above seems old, it simply means there have been no changes in the road conditions since that date.

*Be aware that passes can vary with weather any time of year. Please don't go beyond where you are comfortable driving. Be safe out there and remember how we roll in Colorado - Stay the Trail! Read up on the trail etiquette tips to make your motorized time in the mountains fun for you and everyone around you (tundra and wildlife included)!

OPEN TO OHV TRAFFIC

  • Andrews Lake - OPEN
  • Animas Forks - OPEN (1 lane through avalanche on CR 2)
  • Black Bear Pass - OPEN
  • Bolam Pass (Hermosa Park Rd #578) - OPEN
  • Brown Mountain Road - OPEN about 2 miles in, then blocked by avalanche debris
  • California Gulch - OPEN
  • Cinnamon Pass - OPEN (Gunnison County Electric will be working in the area of Hammonds Meadow on CR 30/Cinnamon Pass Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. They are repairing their lines that were damaged in the Hammond avalanche. Expect one lane traffic and possible delays. ALWAYS obey traffic closure signs and turn around when necessary. Traveling beyond road closure signs comes with a $1,000 fine.)
  • Clear Lake - OPEN (camping in designated sites only; no motor vehicles are allowed off Clear Creek Road #815 to access camping sites.)
  • Corkscrew Pass - OPEN
  • County Road 2 (Silverton) - OPEN approx. 1 mile past Eureka FLOODING is an issue, so currently down to single lane
  • County Road 110 (Silverton) - OPEN
  • Cunningham Gulch - OPEN (avalanche has been cleared)
  • East Vallecito Road - #603 - OPEN
  • Engineer Pass - OPEN
  • Eureka Gulch - OPEN to snow (could be hard to turn around)
  • Fall Creek Road - OPEN to Dunton
  • Hurricane Pass - OPEN
  • Imogene Pass- OPEN
  • Kennebec Pass- OPEN
  • Kendall Mountain road - OPEN beyond Rail Car (travel at own risk & avoid avalanche debris)
  • Last Dollar Road - OPEN
  • La Plata Canyon (County Road 124) - OPEN
  • Little Molas Lake - OPEN
  • Lime Creek Road - OPEN
  • Lobo Overlook- OPEN
  • Lower Hermosa Road - #576 - OPEN
  • Maggie Gulch - OPEN to snow (could be hard to turn around)
  • Mineral Point - OPEN
  • Minnie Gulch - OPEN to snow (could be hard to turn around)
  • Ophir Pass - OPEN
  • Owl Creek Pass - OPEN (Construction projects are in progress. Visitors and recreationalists can expect up to 2 hour traffic delays. Project consists of removing and replacing culverts, improving the road surface and bridge maintenance. Caution is advised as heavy equipment will be entering and exiting the roadway.)
  • Picayune - OPEN
  • Placer - OPEN (be careful, crews are still working, narrow near slide)
  • Red Mountain Town Main Loop (Ouray CR31) - OPEN
  • Scotch Creek - OPEN
  • South Mineral Road - OPEN (camping in designated sites only; no motor vehicles are allowed off South Mineral Road #585 to access camping sites.)
  • Stony Pass - OPEN (Pole Creek crossing at your own risk)
  • Treasure Mountain Loop - OPEN (be careful, crews are still working, narrow near slide)
  • Velocity Basin - OPEN to basin
  • Yankee Boy Basin - OPEN

CURRENTLY CLOSED TO OHV TRAFFIC (please respect all trail closures for your safety and the safety of the crews that may be working to clear them)

  • Divide Road 564
  • Governor's Basin
  • Minnehaha
  • North Henson (Hinsdale CR 24 - access to Uncompahgre Peak)
  • Poughkeepsie

 

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Off-highway adventures bring you to some of the most stunning landscapes in the Rocky Mountains. Ouray has an enormous variety of jeeping and OHV routes at every level. Go it alone or with guides who love to share their knowledge of the San Juans’ geology, flora, fauna, and most colorful stories. It's a legacy business in Ouray - Jeep tours have traversed the high mountain passes commercially since 1946, and privately probably since the first Willy’s made their debut stateside in the early 1940s. Four-wheeling enthusiasts travel here all summer long for the breathtaking scenery and then again during the fall months for the spectacular aspen colors. Even better, the backcountry roads follow historic mining roads so you’re sure to experience some living history among the ghost towns.

 

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