Trails Conditions as of October 20th, 2017
Sadly, it is the end of our season. Most 4×4 trails are now officially posted as closed, which means no further maintenance will be provided by the corresponding counties until next spring. However, some trails remain passable below 11,000 feet. If you are in the area, it’s worth the adventure to enjoy the remaining dry terrain while you can. Remember: If you encounter trail conditions that are questionable, don’t go any further.
See below for the answers to the most commonly asked questions about Ouray Jeep trails and openings.
Note: Some trails are linked back to their tour pages for additional details. Click here to see a map of Jeep Trails.
- Still partially OPEN TO 4X4 TRAFFIC below 11,000 feet:
YANKEE BOY BASIN – Easy to Moderate.
OPHIR – Easy to Moderate.
ENGINEER PASS – Moderate to Extreme. 3 – 4″ of snow exists over the saddle to the O Point access, but it remains passable.
LAST DOLLAR – Easy to Moderate (only in rainy conditions). Note: This trail can become difficult in a heavy rainstorm.
CORKSCREW – Moderate to Difficult.
ANIMAS FORKS – Easy to Moderate.
GLADSTONE – Easy.
RED MOUNTAIN TOWN LOOP – Easy.
BROWN MOUNTAIN GULCH- Moderate.
OWL CREEK- Easy. OPEN.
- NOW CLOSED FOR THE SEASON:
POUGHKEEPSIE – Difficult to Extreme. Lockers, winch and high clearance required.
GOVERNOR BASIN – Moderate to Difficult.
PLACER/PICAYUNE – Moderate.
HURRICANE – Moderate to Difficult.
CALIFORNIA – Moderate.
STONY – Moderate to difficult.
ALPINE LOOP – Moderate to difficult.
IMOGENE – Moderate to difficult. Impassable above upper Camp Bird.
BLACK BEAR – Difficult to Extreme.
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–Our information comes from being up on the trails ourselves or updates from 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. The adventure lies in exploring the beautiful scenery and not just the destination. Take water, layers of warm clothing, and maps. And allow plenty of time.
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