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Alpine Loop National Back Country Byway

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Basics
Location:
Between Ouray, Silverton, and Lake City in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado
Setting:
Mountainous
Surface:
Rough Dirt or Gravel
Suitable Vehicle:
4wd vehicle is recommended
Length:
65 miles
Time:
1 to 2 days
Season:
Closed during winter

Description

Cresting two passes that rise above 12,000 feet, this rough mountain road traverses around some of Colorado's most beautiful mountains. Hiking access to five of the state's highest peaks begins along this route. The mining history of the area is readily apparent in the numerous ghost towns and abandoned mining sites the road travels by. Pristine campsites, crisp mountain air, and peaceful solitude are the order of the day on the Alpine Loop.

Conditions on the road are often difficult and require slow driving. The whole route can be completed in one day without much stopping.

Location:
Between Ouray, Silverton, and Lake City in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado
Setting:
Mountainous
Surface:
Rough Dirt or Gravel
Suitable Vehicle:
4wd vehicle is recommended
Length:
65 miles
Time:
1 to 2 days
Main Roads:
Co Rd 2
Season:
Closed during winter
Camping Info
There are a number of developed campsites along this route, including Amphitheater, Lost Trail, Mill Creek, Molas Lake, Slumgullion, South Mineral Creek, Williams Creek, and Wupperman.
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