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<p>This popular summer destination has around 65 miles of designated <a href="https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5286478.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">motorized trails</a> 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.</p><br /><br /><p>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 <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp1gXcSxZo4" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Lost Trail Campground</a>.</p><br /><br /><p>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 <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wleA_MAN-eA" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Black Bear Pass</a> and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZZ-FpIK1j4" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Poughkeepsie Gulch</a>.</p><br /><br /><p>The trails are only passable during the summer months and are usually snow free by mid June. Other area highlights include <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GfWNsrrNwg" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">natural hot springs</a> in Ouray that are sulphur free.</p>
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