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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 October 24, 2019)

Due to high country snowfall, the Alpine Loop is closed. 

Per the USFS: "Currently, San Juan County has issued CLOSURES on all their backcountry passes. San Miguel, Hinsdale, and Ouray County issued a travel at your own risk advisory. The counties have stopped maintaining the roads/passes. Snow accumulation varies greatly depending on elevation and north/south facing.

Be aware that passes can vary with weather any time of year. Some may be slick in areas, washed out or snow covered, even if they are listed as OPEN. Please don't go beyond where you are comfortable driving. Be safe out there!

THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL INSTANCES OF ROAD CLOSED SIGNS AND BARRICADES BEING REMOVED OR DRIVEN AROUND. Anyone caught will be reported to the Sheriff's Department. 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. DO NOT GO around these signs/barricades/equipment blocking the roadways."

Do not pass or move barricades indicating a road closure. 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.

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 - be aware of snow conditions, travel at your own risk

  • Andrews Lake
  • Animas Forks
  • Bolam Pass (Hermosa Park Rd #578)
  • Brown Mountain Road
  • County Road 2 (Silverton)
  • County Road 110 (Silverton)
  • Cunningham Gulch
  • Engineer Pass (Lower end to 550)
  • Imogene Pass
  • Kennebec
  • Last Dollar Road
  • La Plata Canyon (County Road 124)
  • Red Mountain Town Main Loop (Ouray CR31)
  • Scotch Creek
  • South Mineral Road
  • Treasure Mountain Loop
  • Yankee Boy Basin

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)

  • Black Bear Pass
  • California
  • Clear Lake
  • Cinnamon Pass
  • Corkscrew Pass
  • Divide Road 564
  • Engineer Pass
  • Eureka Gulch
  • Governor's Basin
  • Hurricane Pass
  • Maggie Gulch
  • Mineral Point
  • Minnehaha
  • Minnie Gulch
  • North Henson (Hinsdale CR 24 - access to Uncompahgre Peak)
  • Ophir Pass
  • Owl Creek Pass - closed due to wildfire
  • Picayune
  • Placer
  • Poughkeepsie
  • Stony Pass

 

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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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