Connects with US 50.
In General: Seasonal Closure
- Length: 41 miles
- Driving Time: min. 2 hrs 20 mins
In good conditions, this easy dirt and gravel road can be driven by most passenger vehicles. It will take you up and through the Uncompahgre NF, crest Owl Creek Pass at 10,114 ft, pass Silver Jack Reservoir, and end at US-50 2.5 miles east of Cimarron.
The drive from Ouray to Ridgway along the Uncompahgre river is quite scenic and it’s common to spot elk in this stretch.
Particularly appealing in late summer or early fall, when the aspens are turning. Great views of high and jagged Cimarron Ridge, the 12,152-foot monolith of Courthouse Mountain and 11,781-foot Chimney Rock. Just east of the pass, CR 860 leads to some nice views of Turret Ridge and dispersed camping spots. Silver Jack Reservoir is nestled in an aspen forest and makes a great photo op when the leaves are turning.