The High Country is Calling all Adventurers to Ouray!
Summer is here, and the jeep trails are beckoning. Only a couple of roads are still in the process of being cleared. The much needed moisture this week has not caused any delays, but definitely served to cool off the lower altitudes, and ensure an amazing Fourth of July Fireworks display!
There is no better time than the present to come up and escape the heat on one of our many awesome trails, and with over 500 miles to choose from, you're sure to find an adventure perfectly suited to your adventure demands.
At the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, we make it our business to have the most up to date information on the jeep trails. From County websites, talking to the jeep tour companies, and of course, our guests, we find out where it is safe for you to explore, and share the information as often as possible.
Based on the County Websites for San Miguel, Ouray and La Plata, as well as information from a variety of jeep companies, here is a list of back road conditions as of Sunday, July 1, 2016:
Animas Forks - OPEN
Black Bear Pass - OPEN to top on east side
Blue Lakes/Sneffels trailhead - Snow Packed
Bolam Pass - - Closed at the top
California - OPEN
Clear Lake - Closed
Cinnamon Pass - OPEN
Corkscrew Pass - OPEN
County Road 110 - OPEN
County Road 2 - OPEN
Cunningham Gulch - OPEN
Engineer Pass - OPEN
Hurricane Pass - OPEN
Imogene Pass - Closed
Kennebec Pass - OPEN
La Plata Canyon - OPEN
Lobo Overlook - Closed
Maggie Gulch - OPENMineral Point - OPEN
Minnehaha - OPEN
Minnie Gulch - OPEN
Ophir Pass - OPEN
Owl Creek Pass - OPEN
Picayune - OPEN
Placer - OPEN
Poughkeepsie - Closed
Roaring Fork - OPEN
Scotch Creek - OPEN
South Mineral Road - OPEN to trailhead/campground
Stony Pass - OPEN
Treasure Mountain Loop - OPEN
Yankee Boy Basin - OPEN
As always, regardless of the time of year, please remember to be safe in the high country! Weather can change quickly and dramatically. If you come across a portion of road or weather that makes you uncomfortable, turn around. With over 500 miles of four wheel drive trails in easy access of town, there is no reason to put yourself at risk.
Remember to always bring layers. The sun might be shining one minute, and a downpour hit the next. With that in mind, sunscreen might sound ridiculous, but sunburns do hurt. Check either with us, or one of the many jeep rental/tour companies for the most up to date road conditions. There is no sense in getting yourself stuck in a bad spot if you don't have to. Please remember the rules of the road when adventuring on the high country. Be considerate of your fellow jeepers and four wheelers!
There are some amazing jeep tour and rental companies in Ouray, who are always happy to help with information, and of course a tour means you don't have to worry about where you're going, just whether there is enough memory on your camera!
No matter what, HAVE FUN! The San Juan Mountains are beautiful, and never quite the same.