Engineer Pass Road

MODERATE 13 reviews

Engineer Pass Road is a 20.5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Ouray, CO that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

20.5 miles 1389 feet Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

An exciting trail that's great for new and experienced drivers alike. This trail, combined with Cinnamon Pass, constitutes the famous Alpine Loop. It is an exhilarating trip for drivers of all experience levels. There are many mines and points of historical interest along the route. The east side of the trail follows Henson Creek where you'll find excellent places to camp and fish. For current conditions, contact the San Juan Mountains Center in Silverton at 970-387-553 (closed in winter). Most of the route is easy, but there are still a few narrow, steep places on the west side of the pass that will get your attention. This is a very high pass and should not be treated lightly. Don't drive if snow covered. Caution should be used at all times especially in wet weather. Any 4x4 with moderate ground clearance and low-range gearing can do it.

Rode it August 2013, absolutely love it. Going back July 2017!!

off road driving
4 months ago

Very slow and fairly rough, but it gives you more time to enjoy the pretty surroundings. This trail is getting worse by year.

off road driving
5 months ago

Great trail with great scenery. This is definitely not a trail for the faint of heart but if you have some experience offloading and have the right vehicle this is a great trail to drive. There are some technical parts to the trail but nothing crazy.

off road driving
5 months ago

Great ride!! Too much fun!! The entire Alpine Loop area is great for riding ATV

off road driving
1 year ago

Great trip over the mountain from Ouray to LakeCity.

off road driving
1 year ago

Awesome views. Be sure to go out to Point Oh! near Engineer Pass.

cross country skiing
1 year ago

Enjoyed the hike, last 1/4 trail was very rocky on trail above Box Canyon

off road driving
1 year ago

scenic driving
1 year ago

That was a fun 4 wheel drive road over the top. 1999,Sept. Snow right on the road when going through the pass.

off road driving
3 years ago

Very beautiful trail, not that challenging at all but this is a good one to do along with Cinnamon Pass as part of the "Alpine Loop". Any stock 4x4 vehicle can do this if they have decent ground clearance. Make sure to go to the "Oh Point" near the pass of the mountain, it is breathtaking. Literally, you are above 13,000 feet, there is no air lol.

3 years ago

Jeeped this one as part of the Alpine Loop. First part is somewhat technical, but certainly not all that bad - rocky with some tricky switchbacks. I always recommend people not take stock 4x4 vehicles on these mountain passes; rent a proper Jeep or ATV. But if you think you can do it, don't let me stop you. I just think it's a bad idea. Definitely no passenger cars....that's just plain dumb.

off road driving
4 years ago

We tried the Engineer Pass twice during our week stay in Ouray, but the plow had not completed its work on the other side of the Pass. So we returned via Cinnomon Pass. The Jeeping was awesome, sometimes we had to get out and push. All that snow in June?

off road driving
4 years ago

Top of the World. Not that difficult. Just a couple of rough sections. Allow the whole day to stop and enjoy. Return via Cinnamon Pass.