Current Trails Conditions as of September 19th, 2017
Fall is in the air and the first snow has dusted many mountaintops. Colors are rapidly changing in the Red Mountain and Ironton areas. However, only a little change has occurred in the Yankee Boy and Owl Creek areas. Sunny days and mild temperatures are expected over the next few days. Currently, ALL trails remain open.
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.
- OPEN TO 4X4 TRAFFIC:
YANKEE BOY BASIN – Easy to Moderate. Some sections past the Governor Basin intersection have become difficult.
IMOGENE – Moderate to Difficult. Tall snow banks still exist near the top of the pass towards Telluride.
BLACK BEAR – Difficult to Extreme.
OPHIR – Easy to Moderate.
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.
ALPINE LOOP – Moderate.
ENGINEER PASS – Moderate to Extreme.
GLADSTONE – Easy.
RED MOUNTAIN TOWN LOOP – Easy.
BROWN MOUNTAIN GULCH- Moderate. Conditions may still be icy and muddy in the shaded areas with a heavily eroded stretch just below the summit due to water run off.
OWL CREEK- Easy. OPEN.
PLACER/PICAYUNE – Moderate. Expect icy and snow in some areas.
HURRICANE – Moderate to Difficult. Rain has created some slippery mud stretches across the top bordering on difficult.
CALIFORNIA – Moderate.
STONY – Moderate to difficult. Watch for flash flooding at Pole Creek.
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 necessarily the destination. Take water, layers of warm clothing, and maps. And allow plenty of time.
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