Ouray County Road 8

The sun was still shining brightly, albeit from a low angle, after dinner. So, I hopped on the bike around 6:15 pm and returned around 7:45 pm, just as it was starting to get dark. I thought I’d take the various branches of Ouray County Road 8. Right now it’s only clear up to Vista Point, and the upper part is pretty rutted—great way to catch a wheel!

Small track

Here's a quick overview of County Road 8 in mid April. In a few months, it'll be open to Owl Creek Pass. The track is in red. Click on the image to see a bigger version.


The track shows County Road 8 from its western intersection with US Highway 550, to its current end at Vista Point. County Road 8A goes to the north and ends at the boundary with Billy Creek State Wildlife Area. County Road 8B juts south past some well-kept ranches. And, here are more pictures:

Bend in Road

Here the road takes a bend to the east. Nice views in rural Ouray County.

Cows

The image is taken at the point CR8 starts to get steep. The cattle are grazing under the image of Mt. Sneffels.

Sunset

The late afternoon sun makes for pretty pictures. This is taken along CR8A not far from US Hwy 550. Yes, the trees are yet leafless—give them another month!

A nice way to spend an evening, don’t you think?

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