Red Mountain Mining Area is a 9 mile point-to-point trail located near Ouray, CO and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for off road driving and is accessible from March until November.
off road driving
Fun little hike around the old mining structures!
As another reviewer mentioned, the route on the Yankee Girl section can get confusing, easy to get off course. These side tracks are fun/narrow/beautiful scenery though. With the clay base of both of the trails, I'd avoid if really wet.
The other mini loop (south of Yankee Girl) had great alpine meadows and great scenic views.
Both trails were a fun mix of various terrain, nothing too challenging and a great first road to see if off road recreation in this part of Colorado is for you. A few steep drop off sections that may intimate some, but the trail is more than adequate for a full sized vehicle.
LOTS of neat mine buildings and shafts to explore.
I unfortunately could not get back there on my trip to Ouray. It has recently been blocked off for reclamation efforts. That's a good thing overall though. I believe you can still hike it.
Off US550 Silverton-Ouray. Goes thru early mining district. Route gets confusing at times.