Trails are listed below by the COUNTY agencies responsible for clearing.
Welcome to Spring! Ouray is brilliantly green, with the nearby creeks and streams running high with snow melt. The surrounding mountain peaks and trails are still covered in snow. It is an amazing contrast!
Athough mountaintops still have snow, the lower areas are dry. Fire restrictions are in place.
Lots of trails are OPEN:
Yankee Boy Basin - Red Mountain Town Loop - Cinnamon Pass - Animas Forks - Minnehaha - Ophir - Cunningham Gulch - Last Dollar Pass - Corkscrew Pass - Hurricane - California
Any additional details will appear 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 PLEASE Stay the Trail and Tread Lightly.
OPEN! Ouray County reports that the trail is cleared to the Falls. Watch for rockfall and runoff around Overhang area and canyon walls!
Snow bank near summit into basin
OPEN. This trail is subject to USFS jurisdiction and maintenance.
OPEN. Rough, rocky and narrow in places.
OPEN all the way over the top. Slushy with snow melt running down the trail
OPEN. Muddy with slushy spots over the trail.
CLOSED indefinitely. See USFS site.
OPEN over the summit. There have been reports of brush and debris on the trail that folks had to move in order to pass.
Open over the top. Expect snowy, muddy and slushy 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.
OPEN to townsite
CLOSED, but generally opened by July 10th.
This trail begins close to Dolores and exits near Purgatory. Out of our area, but worth the drive.
OPEN to the top of Engineer Pass via Animas Forks.
OPEN over the top
This trail begins about 20 miles north of Silverton and exits above the Cascade Creek Townhomes south of Purgatory. OPEN
Only open to Kendall/Goldenhorn campgrounds. Will remain CLOSED until at least September of 2021.
Still CLOSED, Usually open by July 10th
OPEN all the way over to the Pole Creek Crossing. Snow melt is causing the creek to rise quickly. Use extra caution when crossing ANY creek at this time of the year.
OPEN to Highland Mary Trailhead
OPENED. Very muddy and slippery at the top.
OPENED. Reports of muddy, slippery terrain coming up Hurricane and over the summit of Pass.
Minnehaha is now OPEN
OPEN all the way to Lake City.
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.
Gift Cards are a wonderful way to treat someone special to an outdoor adventure in Ouray, Colorado! Easy to purchase and give as surprise, gift cards may be used towards any Scenic Tour, Safari, Wedding Adventure or Jeep Rental.