Relatively easy 4wd road.
- Length: 23 miles
- Driving Time: min. 2 hours
This route is a relatively easy 4wd road; large portions have a relatively smooth, wide, gravel surface. However, the moderately steep and rough section west of the pass will challenge high clearance vehicles without lo range gearing.
Mile 2.7 – ATV Staging Area
Unlicensed vehicles are not allowed east of this point.
Mile 5.3 – Nellie Creek Rd
Moderately steep and rough. Provides access to Uncompaghre Peak TH. Dispersed camping. Horseback riding in the Uncompahgre Wilderness.
Mile 11.1 – Whitmore Falls TH
Short, steep trail to an overlook of the falls.
Mile 14.6 – Roses Cabin Rd
Roses Cabin was an overnight stage stop and included a bar, restaurant, and 22 small rooms on the second floor.
Mile 18.4 – Engineer Pass
12,800 ft Spectacular vistas in all directions!
Mile 18.8 – Oh! Point Rd
Again, spectacular vistas!
Mile 20.7 – Engineer Pass Rd to Ouray
The Engineer Pass Rd to Ouray heads west. This is a difficult 4wd road. Lo range and experience required. Continue straight towards Animas Forks.
Mile 22.7 – Cinnamon Pass Rd
Bear east here to return to Lake City. May challenge vehicles without lo range gearing.
Mile 23.4 – Animas Forks
The relatively well preserved Duncan/Walsh House and what is left of the Gold Prince Mill are the major structures remaining.