Dallas Trail 200 Teaser from Ouray CR 7


Gary and I went up CR 7 and had lunch at the Blue Lakes Trailhead. I did something I’ve never done—I walked all the way to the Forest Service sign. And discovered there are not one but two trails! Indeed, the hiker-only Blue Lakes trail takes off to the right, but a doubletrack open to ATVs and motorcycles takes off to the left—Dallas Trail 200. The Forest Service map says the trail connects with Ouray CR 5. We didn’t go far because we got to a part rather hairy for Gary (you’ll see it) and I just explored a little bit further on. Definitely have to follow this the rest of the way! We had just gone up CR 5 a couple hours before, and I have no idea where this trail comes out!

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2 Responses to Dallas Trail 200 Teaser from Ouray CR 7

  1. Dave says:

    Hi Matt, Mid October will put you here after the fall color is done, although some usually lingers in the Owl Creek area. Dallas Trail 200 itself is pretty short. The high country may or not be closed by mid-October, depending on snowfall. Uncompahgre Plateau offers some great ATV and single-track trails, though some are a bit technical. The Parallel Trail is not technical, at least the part I’ve been on—just a nice trip through the woods. I particularly like the Owl Creek area—all ATV trails. The creek crossings can be a bit entertaining. If it’s too cold and there’s been snow, Peach Valley, which sits at a much lower altitude, offers some great trails that are too hot in the summer, but in the cooler weather are fun. Hope that helps.

  2. Matt Pittman says:

    Have found my way back to your site many times over the years. Finally planning a Montorse area trip mid-October. How long is the Dallas Trail 200? We liked your Parallel Trail #139 video and that you did approx. 34 miles round trip. Are there other similar trails you would recommend. We are dirtbikers but primarily stick to ATV trails.

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