Trails Conditions as of May 18th
Snow is melting quickly in higher elevations. Lower elevations are starting to sprout with spring foliage. Ouray is green! Yankee Boy Basin is open to the Twin Falls but remains icy and slushy on and around the trail towards the restroom. There are many other trail openings that are uncommon for this time of the year. HAPPY JEEPING!
See below for updates to 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.
- MAY Trail Openings:
YANKEE BOY BASIN – (Easy to Moderate) OPEN to Twin Falls. Dry until the Governor Basin intersection. Beyond that point, expect sections of ice and slush…especially towards the falls. Exercise caution with falling rock during this time of the year.
RED MOUNTAIN TOWN LOOP – (Easy to Moderate) The loop is open, but muddy and slushy in many areas.
ANIMAS FORKS – (Easy to Moderate) Open to the townsite. San Juan County is clearing over Cinnamon.
GLADSTONE – (Easy) OPEN
BROWN MOUNTAIN GULCH – (Easy to Moderate) Open to top, but there will be muddy ruts and snow melt draining into trail. Be careful! And PLEASE do not take vehicles on Grey Copper Gulch!!
CORKSCREW – (Moderate to Difficult) Open over summit to Gladstone. Snowbanks can fall into switchbacks as they melt, creating sketchy conditions. Exercise caution!
- Expected EARLY JUNE Openings:
OPHIR – (Easy to Moderate) Open to summit from hwy 550 entrance. Still closed on Ophir townsite side. No word from San Miguel County as to when they will send out their equipment.
LAST DOLLAR – (Easy to Moderate) Open and dry several miles into trail from hwy 62. Not quite passable over summit.
OWL CREEK- (Easy) Dry to Summit.
PLACER/PICAYUNE – (Moderate)
ENGINEER PASS – (Moderate to Extreme) Hinsdale has cleared their side up to Mineral Creek. Ouray County may finish next week. They do not anticipate much snow left to be cleared over the summit.
- Mid to Late JUNE Openings:
HURRICANE – (Moderate to Difficult)
CALIFORNIA – (Moderate)
STONY – (Moderate to difficult) Subject to water crossing at Pole Creek
ALPINE LOOP – (Moderate to difficult)
- Early to Mid JULY Openings:
IMOGENE – (Moderate to difficult) Ouray County may start clearing as early as May 21st.
BLACK BEAR – (Difficult to Extreme)
POUGHKEEPSIE – (Difficult to Extreme) Lockers, winch and high clearance required.
GOVERNOR BASIN – (Moderate to Difficult)
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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. Allow plenty of time.
Additional Information & Links
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