Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Jeep Trail Conditions in Ouray - October, 2016

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Oct 10, 2016 @11:16 AM

Despite recent snowy weather, many four-wheel drive trails are still open in Ouray County!

blackbear5-1.jpgOctober has arrived, and we are all closely watching the high country as the first snow covers the peaks. The fall colors have begun to fade, as mother nature prepares for the colder weather.

As of today, only a couple of off road trails have officially closed – the usual suspects, Black Bear, Imogene and Ophir. Of course, Ophir might open up again if weather permits, but that still leaves a huge number of trails to explore.

campbirdroad-3.jpgAt the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, we rely not only on our county and national forest websites, but our jeep tour companies, and of course, our guests for first-hand experience on all of the jeep trails this time of year.

According to the local updates, four-wheel drive trail conditions are as follows:

Animas Forks - OPEN
Black Bear Pass  - Closed by San Miguel County
Bolam Pass - OPEN
California - OPEN
Clear Lake - OPEN
Cinnamon Pass - OPEN
jeepingfall-1.jpgCorkscrew Pass - OPEN
County Road 110 - OPEN
County Road 2 - OPEN
Cunningham Gulch - OPEN
Engineer Pass - OPEN
Hurricane Pass - OPEN
Imogene Pass - Closed by San Miguel County
Kennebec Pass - OPEN
falllastdollar.jpgLa Plata Canyon - OPEN 
Lobo Overlook - OPEN
Maggie Gulch - OPEN
Mineral Point - OPEN
Minnehaha - OPEN
Minnie Gulch - OPEN
Ophir Pass - Closed by San Miguel County
Owl Creek Pass - OPEN
Picayune - OPEN
Placer - OPEN
latefall-3.jpgPoughkeepsie  - OPEN
Roaring Fork - OPEN
Scotch Creek - OPEN
South Mineral Road - OPEN
Stony Pass - OPEN
Treasure Mountain Loop - OPEN
Yankee Boy Basin – OPEN

 As always, please remember that conditions can change quickly and drastically in the high country.

lastdollar6-1.jpgAlways bring layers, plenty of water, and believe it or not – sunscreen! With the change in the seasons, it is important to remember as well that there are not as many other people exploring the high country with you. This is both good and bad. First, you get to experience all of this beauty virtually by yourself, but if something should happen, you might have to walk quite a way before meeting someone, or getting a cel phone signal, so please use caution! When in doubt, turn around and explore a more comfortable trail. Each trail in these mountains promises to be awesome, and there is no end to the magnificent scenery of the San Juans!

With the jeep trails beginning to close, we have winter activities to look forward to! There are some amazing hiking trails, scenic drives that do not require 4WD, and ice climbing season is just around the corner! Late October and November are ideal times to visit and enjoy a quiet, relaxing escape as the hurried season comes to a close, and before the busy Holidays begin.

Needless to say, a long soak in our mineral hot springs is a rejuvenating experience in the peaceful atmosphere of the San Juan Mountains.

Ouray, southwest colorado

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