Trails Conditions Updated as of May 25, 2022
Fire Warnings for Ouray and surrounding areas:
Ouray County on Hwy 550:
Hwy 50 from Montrose to Gunnison construction will resume in April:
Trails are listed below by the COUNTY agencies responsible for clearing.
Although the snow is melting and we are seeing buds of spring flowers in town, not all the trails are open yet. The trails that are open could be muddy and icy in places.
Any updates will appear below under corresponding trails as we receive or experience them.
There is too much beauty to miss by speeding or disrespecting the landscape of the San Juans Mountains, so ‘Stay the Trail and Tread Lightly’.
Open to the upper out house, but muddy in places and possible ice in the morning depending on over night lows.
The road is open, but we turned around before Sydney Basin due to deep snow on the trail.
U.S. Forest Service has informed us that Governor’s Basin will be closed from July 22nd until winter for hazardous mine waste clean up. The road closure notice will be posted at the Yankee Boy Basin Governor’s Basin split.
Still snowed in, you can cross the bridge but as soon as you turn the corner there is snow on the trail
This trail does not typically open till around July 4th. There could be a delay opening this trail as Ouray County has agreed not to clear or open it until the bridge is rebuilt on the Telluride side. We will keep you posted.
Open, reminder this is a moderate trail rating. Not for beginners.
Open but do expect mud and possible ice due to spring snow storm.
Open, but expect muddy conditions in places
Open do expect muddy conditions and possible ice in places depending on over night lows
closed See USFS site.
San Miguel stated IMO is open to the Town of Tomboy. The road will close again when bridge repair begins, and no timeline has been posted for the start of the project. We will update as we receive information.
San Miguel has posted this road is OPEN. Expect muddy conditions.
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.
Closed-Historically this trail typically opens around July 4th – July 10th.
This trail begins close to Dolores and exits near Purgatory. Out of our area, but worth the drive.
Prior to the snow storm this past weekend it was open to the top; however, with wind and snow you can’t reach the top. Expect sun to help melt away this weekends snow.
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 is open to Bandora
Clear Lake is open above tree line
Historically this trail typically opens around July 4th – July 10th.
Open to the sheep corals and waterfall
Minnehaha is open to the trestle, lots of ice so be careful.
Open to the top, but not all the way to Lake City yet.
Road to Animas is open, but still snow in the townsite
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.
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.
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