Category Archives: San Juan County

Clear Lake Beauty on San Juan CR 12

Clear Lake in San Juan County, Colorado, is a pristine example of a high (above tree line) lake in the bowl of a glacially-carved basin—I traveled there this morning. The lake is natural and is reached by traveling up San … Continue reading

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Sideroads: Three Between Corkscrew and Hurricane Passes

Last July 22nd, a Friday, I set out to travel some high-country sideroads. Here are three more, all between Corkscrew (San Juan CR 11) and Hurricane Passes (San Juan CR 10). The views are spectacular, as seen above from my … Continue reading

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Sideroads: San Juan CR 18 to Well-Preserved Mining Site

  You can probably tell by the lead-in photo that this post will be rather technical. There’s a sideroad off of the Engineer Pass road—I can’t tell you how many times I’ve passed it by! On July 22nd I was … Continue reading

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Great Ride with Blog Reader John Fischer

John Fischer got in touch with me a few months back. He’s an avid reader of this blog and hoped we’d be able to ride together while he was out here for vacation. We did just that! John hails from … Continue reading

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High Country Etiquette: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

After three years, I finally encountered my first example of high country road rage. So sad… But I also encountered several groups of great people all associated with the FJ Summit (more later). Yesterday (Friday) found me way in the … Continue reading

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More passes open, but watch for mud

I completed a gigantic loop yesterday. I’ve many maps and pictures (including many wildflowers) to post. Here’s the quick status of roads open and, well, almost open. Last Dollar Road from Dallas Divide to Telluride is open and fairly dry. … Continue reading

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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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