Current Trails Conditions as of May 25th, 2017
We apologize for the delay in trail conditions, but 10″ in town and another 24″, YES…2 FEET on Yankee Boy last Friday put us behind schedule a little! The ice cycles collecting in the Overhang fell over the weekend blocking the trail completely, but mining crews cleared the trail on Monday and beautiful blue skies and warm temperatures have melted snow accumulation over the past few days. So, Yankee Boy is OPEN once again!
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.
- PARTIALLY OPEN TO 4X4 TRAFFIC:
YANKEE BOY BASIN – Easy to Moderate. The trail is open, but muddy and slushy past the Revenue up to the Twin Falls. Expect narrow passage from the Governor turn off for several hundred yards. The trail will remain impassable to 4×4 traffic beyond the restrooms and waterfall until late June.
OPHIR – Easy to Moderate. Trail has been cleared to summit on hwy 550/Silverton side. Still no news as to when San Miguel (Telluride) will finish clearing their side. Expect a full opening in the next few weeks.
ANIMAS FORKS – Easy to Moderate. Passable with 4×4 vehicles to the town of Animas. San Juan is clearing Cinnamon Pass with the goal of a fully cleared trail by this weekend.
- CURRENTLY CLOSED TO 4X4 TRAFFIC:
ENGINEER PASS – melted off for the first mile if you are inclined to do a little rugged 4 wheeling.
BROWN MOUNTAIN GULCH
CORKSCREW – Ouray County is currently clearing this trail. Several feet of new snow in the last week delayed progress.
CINNAMON – San Juan County (Silverton) currently clearing and 4×4 traffic can reach the summit. Snow melt creates deep ruts and trenches in the climb to summit. Be cautious.
RED MOUNTAIN TOWN LOOP – In progress
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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 necessarily the destination. Take water, layers of warm clothing, and maps. And allow plenty of time.
Additional Information & Links
Local Weather – NOAA
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