Trails are slowly beginning to open for high country adventures in Southwest Colorado:
The deceptively warm weather of March and April gave us all the impression the four wheel drive roads would be opening early this year.
Mother Nature, however, had her own plan. As we welcome afternoon showers with pleasure, knowing the moisture will bring beautiful flowers, we also must acknowledge that when it rains in Ouray, it's probably snowing at the top of Imogene.
Because of this, the passes might open a little more slowly, but that just adds to the pleasure of traveling the high country once summer truly arrives!
A few roads in the lower elevations are open already though, and more to come: Keep checking in with us at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs for up to date information regarding jeep trails!
- Black Bear - Closed
- Blue Lakes Trailhead (County Road 7)- Closed
- Brown Mountain - Closed but next in line for clearing
- Corkscrew - Closed - Clearing operations in progress
- County Road 9 - Closed
- Cow Creek - Open to the second river crossing
- Engineer Pass - Closed
- Governors Basin - Closed
- Imogene Pass - Closed
- Last Dollar - Closed
- Ophir Pass - Closed
- Owl Creek - Open to the West Fork
- Pougheepsie Gulch - Closed
- Red Mountain Town - Next in line for clearing
- 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 rand 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.