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TRAIL MAPS & CONDITIONS

Trails Conditions Updated as of June 22, 2024

Spring has sprung in Ouray.  We are super excite to see snow melting and spring flowers blooming.  We ask everyone to be patient with the counties as they work to clear the trails, and for the trails that the counties do not clear please be patient for the snow to melt.  

STAY THE TRAIL

DO NOT DRIVE AROUND SNOWBANKS ON THE TUNDRA IT DAMAGES THE TUNDRA

SPECIAL ADVISORY:

Construction on Hwy 550:

  • There are 3 construction zones between Ouray and Montrose so plan for delays

Hwy 50 from Montrose to Gunnison construction has resumed.

Hwy 50 between Montrose and Gunnison is closed due to bridge damage.  A detour using the Lake City Cutoff can be used.  Oneway traffic opened several times a day is available, but it does add time to the route.

  • Check CDOT for latest info.

TRAIL CONDITIONS

Trails are listed below by the COUNTY agencies responsible for clearing.

The snow is melting and we are seeing summer flowers in town and some in the high country. However, if you do encounter a batch of snow closing the road, do not drive on the tundra to bypass the snow.  This damages the tundra and encourages others to follow in your path leading to damage and possible erosion.  Please respect the San Juans as if you call them home and leave the area just as pristine as when you arrived.

Any updates will appear below under corresponding trails as we receive or experience them.

P.S. stay in the loop on our FB and Instagram pages!

EXTRA INFO

Updates

OURAY COUNTY (OURAY)

  • YANKEE BOY BASIN

    Open 

  • GOVERNOR BASIN

    Closed you can cross the lower bridge but cannot get much further up the trail

  • IMOGENE

    Ouray County Road and Bridge expects to be at the summit by Thursday June 27th.  

    The creek crossing by Yellow Rose is really deep be careful, we do not advise crossing by Yellow Rose to circle back around.  The waterfall is rushing and very beautiful. 

  • OWL CREEK

    Open 

  • MINERAL CREEK TO ENGINEER PASS

    Open –  Trail is rough expect some off camber conditions.

  • CORKSCREW GULCH

    Open – we have had a lot of rain and this trail is very soupy in places/  Please drive slow through the large puddles to avoid making them bigger.  There are also several wash outs so please be careful.

  • BROWN MOUNTAIN GULCH

    Open 

  • RED MOUNTAIN TOWN LOOP

    Open expect muddy conditions

  • POUGHKEEPSIE

    Closed, gate is not open you cannot access Lake Como at this time

    See USFS site.

SAN MIGUEL (TELLURIDE)

  • IMOGENE (TELLURIDE SIDE)

    Closed – No update from San Miguel on the status of opening their side of IMO

  • LAST DOLLAR PASS

    Open expect some mud in some locations

  • OPHIR (TELLURIDE SIDE)

    Closed  gate is not open

  • AMES ROAD

    OPEN year round. This is such a fun little trail between Ophir and Sawpit. But, the highlight is the very first AC plant (as in Tesla) built in the U.S. This electric plant serviced many of the mills between Telluride and Ouray in the early 1900’s.

  • ALTA LAKES

    Closed 

  • BLACK BEAR

    Closed

  • ROARING FORK

    This trail begins close to Dolores and exits near Purgatory. Out of our area, but worth the drive.

SAN JUAN (SILVERTON)

  • ENGINEER

    Open

  • OPHIR

    Closed

  • PICAYUNE / PLACER LOOP

    Open, but expect it to be muddy with all the rain we have had  the last several days

  • LIME CREEK

  • This trail begins about 20 miles north of Silverton and exits above the Cascade Creek Townhomes south of Purgatory.  We have no update on this trail

  • SOUTH MINERAL SPRINGS & CLEAR LAKE

    Open to Clear Lake trail, you cannot make it to the lake yet

  • BLACK BEAR

    Closed

  • STONY PASS

    Closed report is the river is to high to cross

  • CUNNINGHAM GULCH

    Open 

  • HURRICANE PASS

    Open – watch for washouts and ruts there is snow on the Silverton side of the trail making this section basically wide enough for one vehicle 

  • CALIFORNIA GULCH

    Open, the switch backs are soupy.  Still a lot of snow next to the trail so it is narrow in places.

  • MAGGIE, MINNIE AND MINNEHAHA

    Open

  • CINNAMON PASS

    Open 

  • ANIMAS FORKS TOWNSITE

    Open 

Our information comes from being up on the trails ourselves or updates from County/USFS sources, and those that have been on particular trails in their own vehicles. So, as with any high mountain terrain, be CAUTIOUS! If you start up a trail and you are uncertain, don’t go any farther.

Remember, the adventure lies in exploring the beautiful scenery and seeing what’s around the next corner… not just a destination. Take water, layers of warm clothing, and maps. Allow plenty of time.

Jeep Trail Maps

See where our Jeep Tours go, or plan your route with your Jeep rental (except Black Bear Pass).  Click on a trail map to the right for specific tour details, and it will take you directly to that tour for a full description and booking information.

4×4 Jeep Trail maps are available in our office.