TRAIL MAPS & CONDITIONS

Trails Conditions Updated as of May 25, 2022

SPECIAL ADVISORY:

Fire Warnings for Ouray and surrounding areas:

  • We had an unseasonably dry winter and snow melt is running off quickly.  Please be careful out there as the vegetation is very dry which can cause a fire to spread quickly.  

Ouray County on Hwy 550:

  • CDOT will be doing road work (resurfacing) from Ouray to Colona starting in April until October 2022.  

Hwy 50 from Montrose to Gunnison construction will resume in April: 

  • Full roadway closures will be Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Full roadway closures will occur through the night Monday – Thursday 7:30 PM – 6:30 AM. Plan your travel around the opening windows and be prepared to queue at designated areas. US 50 will be open to two-way traffic with no delays from Friday at 5:30 PM – to Monday at 8:30.  
  • Please keep this road closure in mind especially if you plan to go to Lake City via the Engineer Pass or Cinnamon Pass and plan to return via Hwy 50.  

TRAIL CONDITIONS

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’.

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EXTRA INFO

Updates

OURAY COUNTY (OURAY)

  • YANKEE BOY BASIN

    Open to the upper out house, but muddy in places and possible ice in the morning depending on over night lows.

  • GOVERNOR BASIN

    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.

  • IMOGENE

    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.

  • OWL CREEK

    Open

  • MINERAL CREEK TO ENGINEER PASS

    Open, reminder this is a moderate trail rating.  Not for beginners.

  • CORKSCREW GULCH

    Open but do expect mud and possible ice due to spring snow storm.

  • BROWN MOUNTAIN GULCH

    Open, but expect muddy conditions in places

  • RED MOUNTAIN TOWN LOOP

    Open do expect muddy conditions and possible ice in places depending on over night lows

  • POUGHKEEPSIE

    closed  See USFS site.

SAN MIGUEL (TELLURIDE)

  • IMOGENE (TELLURIDE SIDE)

    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.

  • LAST DOLLAR PASS

    San Miguel has posted this road is OPEN.  Expect muddy conditions.

  • OPHIR (TELLURIDE SIDE)

    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-Historically this trail typically opens around July 4th – July 10th.

  • ROARING FORK

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

SAN JUAN (SILVERTON)

  • ENGINEER

    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.

  • OPHIR

    Open

  • PICAYUNEPLACER LOOP

    closed

  • 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

    South Mineral Springs is open to Bandora

    Clear Lake is open above tree line

  • BLACK BEAR

    Historically this trail typically opens around July 4th – July 10th.

  • STONY PASS

    closed

  • CUNNINGHAM GULCH

    Open to the sheep corals and waterfall

  • HURRICANE PASS

    closed

  • CALIFORNIA GULCH

    closed

  • MAGGIE, MINNIE AND MINNEHAHA

    Minnehaha is open to the trestle, lots of ice so be careful.

  • CINNAMON PASS

    Open to the top, but not all the way to Lake City yet.

  • ANIMAS FORKS TOWNSITE

    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.

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