San Juan Mountains

High Passes, the Mining Legacy

two riders posing with their motorcycles with a green valley and snow covered peaks behind

Beautiful alpine scenery near Telluride.

San Juan mountains are home to some of the best alpine jeep trails in the USA. This area has rich mining history and rough roads going up to dizzying heights (over 13,000 feet) are just one of many reasons to ride here.

The most famous ride is the Alpine loop, but there are many other passes to be enjoyed. Silverton and Ouray are both charming wetern towns providing a glimpse into how people lived a hundred years ago.

Motorcycle rider on a high mountains enjoying views of surrounding mountains with snow on them

There is still snow in San Juan mountains even in July.

motorcycle parked on a recently plowed road with high line of snow on both sides

Just opened section of a road in San Juan mountains.

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High up in San Juan Mountains in late fall.

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Lake at the top of Poughkeepsie gulch trail.

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Mineral deposits in San Juan mountains are obvious from vivid red and yellow colors.

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On the way to Engineer pass, Alpine Loop

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Descending from Imogene pass down to Ouray.

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Yankee Basin in late fall.

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Another high alpine lake outside Ouray.

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One of many dead-end roads in Yankee basin.

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Enjoying the view from an abandoned mine.

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Lake near the Taylor pass.

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Alpine loop in early summer.

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Riding up towards Bear pass in early summer.