Book Now
Contact Us

Subscribe by Email

Your email:

Follow Me

Browse by Tag

Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Current Articles | RSS Feed RSS Feed

Last Dollar Road Between Telluride & Ouray Colorado Wildflower Update

  
  
  

Colorado Wildflower Update 2011: Southwest Colorado Between Telluride & Ouray

During a Colorado vacation in the San Juan Mountains, don't miss the wildflowers that start blooming in June and complete their cycle by the end of August.  Hunting for them is most of the fun.  As of July 5, 2011, there are fantastic fields of wildflowers on Last Dollar Road. 

Access Last Dollar Road off of Colorado Highway 62, about 12 miles west of Ridgway, just beyond the summit of the Dallas Divide, in Southwest Colorado.  The road is a forest service road and there is a brown sign very close to the turnoff.  It is closed seasonally but summer is a perfect time to check it out!

The road itself from this approach is very doable in a 2 wheel drive car for a few miles (until you cross the creek) even though it is a dirt road.  After the creek, it is a very easy 4WD vehicle when it is dry; if it gets wet, it could be very rutted and difficult to maneuver.  

The lupine and sunflowers are absolutely wonderful right now!  Some paintbrush are out as well as the wild roses and in some wetter spots, there are some Queen Anne's Lace.  If you take the road all the way to Telluride, you will see some free range cattle and sheep along the way.  We also ran into a young buck.    I thought the best part of the road for flowers was before the creek crossing; after the creek crossing there were lovely spots, just not as dramatic at this point.  Photos were taken July 5, 2011.

 As of July 5, 2011:

last dollar road july 2011

 

last dollar road colorado july 211

 

last dollar road telluride colorado

 

sunflowers

 

 

sunflowers lupine

 

 

aspens along last dollar road

 

Comments

My husband and I found Last Dollar Road about 15 years ago and came back yearly either in late June for wildflowers or late September for fall foliage. No place can compare with the beauty there. My husband has picked up dead aspen logs and turned them on his lathe making beautiful bowls and vases. Another beautiful area for scrub oak bushes and views of the valley is County Rd 5 out of Ridgway.
Posted @ Saturday, July 21, 2012 10:05 PM by Janet Burkhalter
Post Comment
Name
 *
Email
 *
Website (optional)
Comment
 *

Allowed tags: <a> link, <b> bold, <i> italics

mountain flowers