Monthly Archives: June 2011

Ouray County Road 18: to Engineer Pass

The most direct route from Ouray to Engineer Pass is to travel a few miles south of Ouray on US Hwy 550, then turn left onto County Road 18. I am pleased to report that this route is open and … Continue reading

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Corkscrew Pass: Ouray County Road 22A

As noted in an earlier post, Corkscrew Pass is now open between US Hwy 550 and San Juan CR 10. I traveled it yesterday late afternoon on my Yamaha dirt bike. I must say it was a bigger challenge than

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San Juan CR 22: Nifty and fun diversion

I discovered this nifty diversion by accident. Last year I was heading from Animas Forks ghost town to Silverton. San Juan CR 2 is somewhat interesting from Animas Forks south to Eureka (bumpy but passable by any vehicle if

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Corkscrew, Engineer Passes Open (Sort of)

Ouray County Road 20A is open up over Corkscrew Pass. And Ouray County Road 18 is open to Engineer Pass and Animas Forks. My goal yesterday afternoon was simple: do a loop consisting of Corkscrew Pass, Hurricane Pass, California Pass, … Continue reading

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Guest blogging for Box Canyon Lodge

Karen from Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs in Ouray, Colorado, asked if I’d like to be a guest blogger. Sure! She’s added my post about Ouray County Roads 2 and 4 to the Box Canyon Lodge blog, which you … Continue reading

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Ouray County Roads 2 and 4: Oft Overlooked Gems

Ouray County Roads 2 and 4 are often overlooked by visitors who want to climb to dizzying heights in the San Juan mountains. Now don’t get me wrong, because I love doing the same thing. But close to home are … Continue reading

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Yankee Boy Basin: Getting There from Ouray, Colorado

Yankee Boy Basin is a perennial favorite destination, known for its wildflowers in late July and August, as the trailhead for climbing Mt. Sneffels, the iconic Twin Falls, and stunning scenery. It’s easy to get to from Ouray, but you’ll … Continue reading

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Owl Creek Pass from the Silverjack Side—Still Closed

By stroke of coincidence, I was on the Silverjack side of Owl Creek Pass today. We were visiting the Woodrum’s camp on Middle Fork. I took a quick side trip on the trusty Yamaha XT-250 up as far as I … Continue reading

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Owl Creek Pass: Getting there from Ridgway

Owl Creek Pass (Ouray County Road 8 and Forest Service Road 858) is a popular summer destination for several reasons: it’s a beautiful drive in its own right, it provides access to the Stealey Mountain Trail Complex which can be … Continue reading

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Owl Creek Pass Still Closed

I went exploring this evening to see how far up Ouray County Road 8 (also Forest Service Road 858). The answer is that I got tantalizingly close to Owl Creek Pass (see GPS track), but there are still snowdrifts across … Continue reading

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