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Colorado's San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado

Colorado's San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado


  • Trail Rating: 4WD Easy
  • Good Scenic Trip
  • Forest Scenery, Meadows, Vistas and Overlooks


Report by: Mike Scott

Joan and I , along with friends Vicki and Gary Allender, took a vacation trip to do some off-roading in the San Juan mountains of Southwest Colorado. During these three days, we traversed the Alpine Loop (Cinnamon Pass and Engineer Pass), Black Bear Pass, and finally Stoney Pass Road.

This trial begins just outside of Silverton. It starts by taking you about 23 miles, along a 2WD graded dirt road, to the ghost town of Animas Forks, a very interesting site full of history with the most beautiful scenery imaginable as a backdrop.

Cinnamon Pass Road takes you into the town of Lake City, where a brief respite was taken prior to continuing on with the remainder of the Alpine Loop � on to Engineer Pass.

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