off road driving
Fun, challenging SUV trip with lots of history Pass through historic site of Hancock on way to 12,140-ft. Hancock Pass. See restored train depot at Alpine Tunnel. Take short side trip to near ghost town of St. Elmo. Enjoy more difficult side trip to Hancock Lake. Unlicensed vehicles allowed after parking area on County Road 295. Located in Gunnison and San Isabel National Forest. For current conditions call Salida Ranger District (719) 539-3591. Very rocky and slow-going, but okay for aggressive stock SUVs. Skid plates are helpful. The drive should not be attempted if snow is on the trail. F.S. 839 to Alpine Tunnel is a high shelf road, but easy.