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Alpine Loop

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This popular summer destination has around 65 miles of designated motorized trails with plenty of side roads that wind through the San Juan Mountains. The trail system mainly consists of old mining roads that wind near abandoned mines, railroads, mills, and ghost towns, providing visitors a glimpse into the areas mining history.

The trail system has five designated staging areas and several RV campgrounds that provide direct trail access. There are plenty of primitive campgrounds with direct trail access that charge a small fee but free camping can be found at Lost Trail Campground.

The area is very popular with Jeeps and ATVs but is also a good place to bring a dual sport motorcycle. Most of the trails are rated as moderately challenging but there are a couple of expert level only trails which include Black Bear Pass and Poughkeepsie Gulch.

The trails are only passable during the summer months and are usually snow free by mid June. Other area highlights include natural hot springs in Ouray that are sulphur free.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CitySilverton, CO
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Montrose, CO
1) Take US-550 south about 35 miles
2) Turn right onto Camp Bird Road, continue 2 miles
3) Staging area is on the right (north)

For the Alpine Loop Trailhead:
4) Take US-550 south about 40 miles
5) Alpine Loop Trailhead is on the left (east).

For the Red Mountain Trailhead:
6) Continue south past the Alpine Loop Trailhead on US-550 9.5 miles
7) Turn left (east) onto dirt road, continue about .25 miles toward staging area.
AREA TYPE
AreaTrail
LandBLM, National Forest

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesColorado OHV Sticker
Dates OpenJune - October
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)(1998/older limit 99 dB, 1998/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4s / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Permitted
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on the trail
FireworksProhibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
CampingYes
Tent: $0.00
RV: $0.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
CommentCamping fees vary at individual campgrounds - call for current rates.

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First AidSilverton, COcheck trail map for medical services
Gasoline GasolineSilverton, CO
Diesel DieselSilverton, CO
Potable Water WaterOn Sitecheck trail map for campgrounds
RV Hookups RV HookupOn Site
RV Dump Station RV DisposalOn Site
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Sitecheck trail map for campgrounds
Convenience Store Conv StoreSilverton, CO
Swimming Swim Area1-5 Miles (N)Ouray Hot Springs (970) 325-7073
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site
Boating Launch Boat RampSilverton, CO
Contact InfoSan Juan National Forest - Silverton Field Station
1468 Greene Street
Silverton, CO 81433
(970) 387-5530
mailroom_r2_san_juan@fs.fed.us
www.fs.usda.gov
Contact InfoBLM - Gunnison Field Office
210 W. Spencer Street
Gunnison, CO 81230
(970) 642-4940
ewaters@blm.gov
www.blm.gov
Contact InfoColorado Parks And Wildlife - Registration Unit
13787 South Highway 85
Littleton, CO 80125
(303) 791-1920
dnr.ivrsparks@state.co.us
cpw.state.co.us
Contact InfoSilver Summit RV Park And Jeep Rentals
640 Mineral Street
Silverton, CO 81433
(970) 387-0240
(970) 210-3683
silversummitrv@gmail.com
silversummitrvpark.com
Contact InfoSilverton Lakes Campground
2100 Kendall Street
Silverton, CO 81433
(970) 387-9888
silvertonlakes@live.com
www.silvertonlakes.com
CommentFull service campground with direct trail access.
Contact InfoEureka Campground
Silverton, CO
(970) 618-3913
terri@eurekacampground.com
www.eurekacampground.com
CommentFull service campground with direct trail access.

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