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Ouray County Roads 2 and 4: Wildflowers and Mudhole
Ouray County Roads 2 and 4 are open (see here for map). We’ve had quite a bit of rain and even snow over the last couple weeks, and it’s brought out the wildflowers. The road itself is mostly dry but rather badly rutted in places. My initial concern was whether the mudholes at the top of County Road 4 would be passable: they were, although still wet. The photo below shows the biggest mudhole, which is drying rapidly. The mud is the kind of gunk that sticks to your tires and makes for hard going. As shown in the photo below, the only easy way through is right at the edge of a rather precipitous drop-off. I made it fine.
Past the mudhole, I turned onto Ouray County Road 2B, stopping several times for wildflower pictures. I was quite surprised to discover bluebells, something I’ve never seen along this route. The prairie bluebell lacks the fringe of the fringed bluebells
I do want to caution you about ruts. It’s been wet quite recently, and pickup trucks along these roads creates ruts which can take months to wear down.
Here’s a lovely bush with white flowers not far from the ruts shown above.
Lastly, let me show you what a difference a couple weeks makes. The picture immediately below was taken on May 3rd and shows a line of trees barely starting to leaf out. The picture below that was taken today—the trees are fully leafed out.