Mother Nature has decided to cooperate, and the trails are unlike ever before! With all of the moisture and meltoff, it is as if exploring a pass you have driven countless times in the past is completely brand new!

There is no end to the adventures to be had in the high country as we roll into August! The jeeping season is upon us at last, and bringing smiles to all!

As of July 25, 2019, the high country conditions are as follows:

Animas Forks – OPEN through Hurricane and California Gulch. LOTS of snow in California Gulch. Roads are narrow and muddy. The main road to Animas Forks (Grouse Gulch) is blocked by a large avalanche.

Black Bear Pass – Closed by snow
Bolam Pass – Open from west side (Barlow creek); From east side, avalanche between Hotel Draw and Bolam Pass (Hermosa Creek crossing may be high, cross with caution)
California – OPEN
Clear Lake -OPEN to 3 miles in, snow bank across road
Cinnamon Pass – OPEN 
Corkscrew Pass – OPEN
County Road 110 – OPEN
County Road 2 – OPEN approx. 1 mile past Eureka FLOODING is an issue, so currently down to single lane
Cunningham Gulch – OPEN to Highline Mary Mine

Divide Road 564 – Closed by snow
Engineer Pass – Lake City to Animas Forks – OPEN 
Engineer Pass – Lower end to 550- OPEN
Eureka Gulch –  OPEN to snow, could be hard to turn around   
Hurricane Pass – OPEN
Imogene Pass – OPEN from the Ouray side – as of 7/25 still closed on San Miguel side, so please use extra caution
Kennebec Pass – OPEN
La Plata Canyon (County Road 124) – OPEN
Last Dollar – OPEN
Lobo Overlook – Closed by snow
Maggie Gulch – OPEN to snow, could be hard to turn around
Mineral Point -OPEN
Minnehaha – Closed by snow
Minnie Gulch – OPEN to snow, could be hard to turn around  
Ophir Pass – OPEN 
Owl Creek Pass – Closed by snow
Picayune – Closed by snow
Placer – Closed by snow
Poughkeepsie  – Closed by snow
Scotch Creek – OPEN
South Mineral Road  – OPEN to just past campground
Stony Pass – OPEN, Pole Creek crossing at your own risk
Treasure Mountain Loop – Closed by snow
Yankee Boy Basin – OPEN

As always, please remember that road conditions can change quickly in the high country due to weather changes. Never drive beyond your comfort level – there are hundreds of miles of jeep trails, no need to endanger yourself. With all of the moisture this year, if you are a mosquito magnet like me, be sure to bring bug spray! The flies and mosquitos are thriving right now. And of course, don’t forget layers and sunscreen! Despite the fact that temperatures can drop dramatically as you get above 9,000 feet, you are that much closer to the sun, and sunburns hurt.

Above all else, HAVE FUN and be safe!

 

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