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We are headed to Silverton next month with a group of Rzr's (3 for sure) and need some help with routing.

I searched and read over the threads about that area but wanted to ask specific questions.

I think can ride most trails anywhere East of 550 legally. One of the bucket list things we all want to do is run Black Bear Pass.

If possible, we would like to run Black Bear then come back to 550 over Imogene Pass. As I understand there are several miles of road between the exit of Black Bear and the start of Imogene Pass where a UTV isn't legal to operate.

My main question is there any legal way to get from the exit of Black Bear to the start of Imogene?

We would be willing to pay a reasonable fee to be hauled if anyone is in the area.

Secondary question? Are the trails clearly marked where we can ride and where we can not ride?

Third question: Where is the easiest/best place to get our Colorado Rzr trail permits.

Forth and last: Where to stay. We are hauling and one is bringing a toyhauler. We wanted to stay at Red Mountain in Silverton. I have been calling for a couple of days and get no return call.

We don't really care where we stay but we want a reservation in advance.

Any information appreciated.
 

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All the high mountain trails are still snowed in, Utah included.

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We are headed to Silverton next month with a group of Rzr's (3 for sure) and need some help with routing.

I searched and read over the threads about that area but wanted to ask specific questions.

I think can ride most trails anywhere East of 550 legally. One of the bucket list things we all want to do is run Black Bear Pass.

If possible, we would like to run Black Bear then come back to 550 over Imogene Pass. As I understand there are several miles of road between the exit of Black Bear and the start of Imogene Pass where a UTV isn't legal to operate.

My main question is there any legal way to get from the exit of Black Bear to the start of Imogene?

We would be willing to pay a reasonable fee to be hauled if anyone is in the area.

Secondary question? Are the trails clearly marked where we can ride and where we can not ride?

Third question: Where is the easiest/best place to get our Colorado Rzr trail permits.

Forth and last: Where to stay. We are hauling and one is bringing a toyhauler. We wanted to stay at Red Mountain in Silverton. I have been calling for a couple of days and get no return call.

We don't really care where we stay but we want a reservation in advance.

Any information appreciated.
If you are going to Silverton next month and have no reservations made at this point that will be VERY problematic. You more than likely are going to have to dry camp in the National Forest or at a campground with little to no services. You may be able to find lodging in Durango, but thats a heck of a drive from Durango to Silverton everyday to ride. Finding lodging in Silverton in the month of July should be done a year in advance. We're staying in Silverton next month and we made our reservations a year in advance.

You can buy permits through the Colorado State Parks website.

Black Bear Pass is one way, once you reach the bottom of Black Bear you have to be street legal to go through town. So you'll have to find someone that will trailer your rigs from the base of Black Bear to the base of Imogene. I think you'll have a hard time finding someone in Telluride that will do that. Telluride is not OHV friendly. If it were me I'd park near Ouray and ride Yankee Boy, Governor Basin and Imogene together. Black Bear would be cool, but the logistics of riding on an OHV make it all but impossible to do if you don't know a local out there.

To be legal (in all the counties) you'll need liability insurance and if you have any children they have to wear a helmet and eye protection. As far as trail maps are concerned a simple internet search should help you there. Buy a funtreks guide book of the Silverton area. Its a great resource. But at this point I would worry more about finding a place to stay.

Another thing mentioned by others....The San Juan mountains have received a ton of snow and some trails could be blocked well into late July or early August. So that could affect where you ride.

Good Luck you are going to need it finding lodging! LOL!
 

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I’d love to figure out a way to ride Black Bear pass also. I’ll be in the Silverton area from July 19-25th. If anyone Has a way or offers a ride for a case of beer or something. Hit me up! Lol.
 

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I’d love to figure out a way to ride Black Bear pass also. I’ll be in the Silverton area from July 19-25th. If anyone Has a way or offers a ride for a case of beer or something. Hit me up! Lol.
We'll be out there roughly that same time. I keep reading reports of huge snow fall totals out there affecting back country travel. I think the counties will have the major passes clear by then but I wonder what the side trails will be like? Pole creek east of Stoney may be to deep and fast flowing to cross. I'm pretty excited because I think we're going to see more snow up than we've ever seen before.
 

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We'll be out there roughly that same time. I keep reading reports of huge snow fall totals out there affecting back country travel. I think the counties will have the major passes clear by then but I wonder what the side trails will be like? Pole creek east of Stoney may be to deep and fast flowing to cross. I'm pretty excited because I think we're going to see more snow up than we've ever seen before.[/QUOTE]

I’m excited, I’ve only been able to ride the area for half a day so far... I’ll be trying to ride every trail available for sure. Black Bear Pass is a bucket list, I’ll try to figure out a way once I get there. I know I read a long time ago a few locals were offering trailering back to your tow vehicles. If it’s not a possibility, we’ll make the best of what we can ride. I’ll also be riding Taylor Park area, July 12-19th.
 

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If you Google "Alpine Loop Map" you will locate a decent free downloadable map of the area. As others have said, Black Bear is a problem on an OHV. I don't think there is much room at the 550 end for parking trailers. And you can't get within several miles (legally) of Telluride on either Black Bear or Imogene.

We are going to this area in late July as well. Both Silverton and Lake City are OHV friendly. They have just opened up the stretch of 149 south out of Lake City to OHV operation so you can now ride the entire Alpine Loop. You can access all of the east of 550 trails from those two places.

We are staying on Ouray (not OHV friendly) with plans to trailhead on Camp Bird Rd (S of Ouray) for the Imogene, Yankee Boy, etc. day of riding. Then going to do the Alpine Loop and other gulches from the trailhead at Ironton Park for a couple of days.

We have done this area in our FJ Cruiser for the past 5 years and are going to try it in the RS1s this year. Even if the high passes aren't open, there are plenty of other lower trails and the massive amounts of remaining snow will probably be an epic sight.
 

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Good luck riding Silverton next month.

Just about everything over 9000 feet has well over 10 feet of snow.

We called to make our annual reservations. We usually go in August/September. They have had several avalanches and even the campground is marginal in August when we normally go due to avalanches.

Call, call & plan. Not much is open in the Colorado high country due to the record snow. And it was a late snow as well. We still have ski resorts open.

I hit 5 foot drifts last weekend at ~7500 feet near Beuna Vista. We could not go any further.
 

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Man this is all sounding depressing. We have reservations for lake city July 6th - 13th and the whole point in going was the alpine loop....

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I appreciate everyone's responses. I will contact everyone tomorrow and see what everyone thinks.

Sounds like postponing a month at least to let some of the snow clear and maybe find somewhere to stay. I have a big toyhauler but we were gong to trailer 2 Rzers and stay in a hotel/motel.

Been to Silverton several times over the years and never had trouble finding a place to stay. Probably been 10 years since I been there now that I think of it, time really slips away.

Again, thanks for the responses!!!
 

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Hooboy!!!!!!! With all this talk of how much snow there is in CO and UT, maybe...........just maybe Lake Mead will actually gain a few inches when the big melt comes!!!! YIPEE!!!!!! Nah! Las Vegas and Cali will just squander it!! LOL

And now back to our regular scheduled program!
 

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The following links are a couple of other sources for information regarding trail conditions:

https://soajeep.com/trail-maps-conditions/

Bushducks - Jeep Trail and Backroads Trip Reports<br>Colorado Jeep Trails and Passes - Opening Dates

Facebook Group: Southwest Colorado OHV Educational Group
I have several friends that were planning on Silverton in mid-July but as we keep watching the sites, especially bushducks.com they are convinced that the majority of the trails we ride, Alpine loop, Ophir trail, California Gulch...this will not be a good year for trails in the Silverton area.
 

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Man this is all sounding depressing. We have reservations for lake city July 6th - 13th and the whole point in going was the alpine loop....

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Look at the Facebook page "High Altitude Adventures LLC" . Seems to be an outfit that rents OHVs that is actively documenting the open lower trails around Lake City.

We may not get to do the high altitude trails that most of us are used to. But, it appears there might be quite a few interesting trails out there to try.
 

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Anyone know how 550 is for snow, not taking the utv’s this year but we are headed to Ouray for a week in our class c, and my motorcycle


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Currently the San Juan mountains are sitting at 1586% of 30 year average for SWE (Snow Water Equivalent). There is a very small amount of trails opened as of right now. They are having a hard time due to the enormous amounts of avalanches we had this year to cut through the snow. On top of the that when they cut the trails, they are having to go back again as the high snow banks are sliding down, blocking the trail. Silverton and the other agencies are trying their hardest to get them open, but it will be later summer that we can ride the majority of the trails.
 

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Does anyone have any maps of these other trails that are open? Only maps I find are of the alpine loop?

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