Explore the most popular wheelchair friendly trails in San Juan National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

230 miles of Pure beauty. Start early, as you will want to stop for many pictures and a lunch, weather a picnic or stopping at an eatery. I highly recommend Baked in Telluride. All homemade and very reasonably priced.

2 months ago

Awesome view at the end of the trail of the two buttes. I'm glad they are inaccessible. The big challenge was the 3 mile hike to the trail start due to the park not opening until May.

3 months ago

I saw beautiful nature during Autunm season! Very beautiful!

scenic driving
6 months ago

On our July vacation drive from Mesa Verde to Black Canyon of the Gunnison, we made the difficult decision to take the western side of the San Juan Skyway (so we could stop in Telluride), bypassing the Million Dollar Highway section. We were not disappointed in the least though...with continuously spectacular views and numerous mountain peaks, including fourteeners El Diente Peak, Mount Wilson, Wilson Peak and Mount Sneffels, plus the uniquely shaped 13,113 foot Lizard Head Peak. And the panorama just before the spur road into Telluride is gorgeous. It reminded me of pictures that I have seen of the Swiss Alps. At some point, we definitely need to make it back to complete the loop!

scenic driving
7 months ago

The most iconic to me were Silverton, Ouray, a little past Ridgeway and that turn before Telluride. Molas Pass is also great. Everything is Gorgeous as always. Just about any car would do the job. If you aren’t from the area and are afraid of heights... this will become a bit challenging.

on Great Kiva Trail

8 months ago

Great views of the valleys surrounding Chimney Rock and the 1000+ year old Great Kiva at the summit is incredible.

Beautiful trail that's a real treat to experience.

9 months ago

What an informative and beautiful hike. Ernie was a great guide and would recommend this national monument trail for everyone. The guided tour was well worth the money. The trail can be a little narrow for those with concerns about heights. A great national heritage treasure!

10 months ago

Technical in places with some major climbing involved. Beautiful, though. Absolutely stunning!

scenic driving
10 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous, perfect temperature, hiked passed the lake to the mountain ridge where the views were spectacular.

11 months ago

This hike is now accessible. It is a long hike, not hard, just long for a pretty small lake. What makes it worth it, is that it sits below Twilight Peaks.

scenic driving
Friday, May 12, 2017

From Mesa Verde, we drove 57 miles to Durango, a neat little town and then traveled the beautiful San Juan Skyway and Million Dollar Hwy two and a half hours north and 110 miles to Montrose. The mountains were beautiful, green with aspens and firs, with blue sky and fluffy white clouds. Here were the largest mountain ranges in Rockies…Known in some circles as the most beautiful drive in America – it ranks up there with the Beartooth Hwy and Trail Ridge Road. Leaving Durango, the first major site is Trimble Hot Springs at milepost 30. Although we didn’t see it, hot sulfur water is supposed to simmer along the road… Then the route climbed 4000 ft to Coal Bank Pass- Some people detour to Alpine Slide at Purgatory (Durango Mtn. Resort) at MP 48 while others veer off on Lime Creek Rd MP 51 to see the aspen. We stopped at beautiful Andrews Lake just before the Molas Pass, with gorgeous views of the Rockies and a great picnic area among the fresh smell of fir trees. It was a nice stop – people were fishing the lake and picnicking on a knoll nearby. At MP 63 was Molas Pass (10,910 ft). This was one of the most beautiful spots on the trip, with a wide expanse of space, green meadows, fir trees, mountains and Little Molas Lake to the north. This air claims to be the cleanest in America so we took a deep breath…we could see CO’s largest wilderness (Weiminuche), and a glimpse of the CO Trail (500 mile footpath connecting Durango to Denver). Although we didn’t stop, Little Molas Lake is accessed from gravel rd. on the Hwy’s west (left) side ½ mile north of the Pass. Next came Silverton, a small mining town and the “million-dollar” highway section 23 miles from Silverton to Ouray, a beautiful drive winding along the iron stained (where Red Mtns get their name) Red Mtn skyway and cresting at 11,075 ft at Red Mtn Pass (highest paved pass in the San Juan Mtns.) then descending to awesome Uncompajgre Gorge. The Red Mountains were a beautiful contrast with the green aspens, blue sky and white clouds. We slowed down at MP 90 where Bear Creek Falls plummets 227 ft to canyon below. In quaint Ouray, we passed on walking to Box Canyon Falls at MP92 near the Box Canyon Motel South of Ouray off 550. We could have taken a left onto a gravel road (for a small fee), and seen views beneath the falls, or climbed to a steel bridge spanning the gap above the falls or taken a steep rocky trail to the top. The Uncompahgre River tumbles 285 feet through--not over, through--a cliff - the trail to the bottom of the falls is easy; to the top it is moderate to strenuous. After leaving Ouray the skyway opened wide with lots of valleys and into Ridgway. At Ridgway, we spontaneously took a left at Junction 550 and 62 toward Telluride – a 76 mile RT side trip - the Ralph Lauren ranch (with its white split rail fence) and Mt. Sneffels at 14,150 ft dominated the view at a scenic pullout at MP 14. Telluride was awesome, took the gondola up and did a couple of hikes, then stopped in the gift shop, and headed on up to Montrose as the sun was setting. Absolutely beautiful drive!

scenic driving
Thursday, March 09, 2017

Another one of the most scenic drives this country has to offer. The Durango to Ouray stretch being the best of it all. Highway 550 between these two towns puts you right in the heart of the San Juan's. The views are something that have to be seen, not described. I have driven this highway many times over the years. It never gets old. The other segment worth noting is from Telluride up and over Lizard Head Pass. Once you drop down the pass you follow the Dolores river back to Cortez. Mind you, the whole loop is as scenic as it gets if you like mountain scenery. For anyone living in the southwest, if you haven't been here, you need to make a point of it. They don't refer to it as the million dollar highway for nothing!!

trail running
Saturday, July 09, 2016

Soft trails, nice rolling terrain

scenic driving
Monday, June 27, 2016

Beautiful drive from desert to forested mountaintops. Destinations and activities unlimited along the drive.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

This was well worth the money to take the guided tour! Loved it!

Thursday, June 09, 2016

As of June 8, 2016, much of the trail is snow covered, making the real trail difficult to find.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Nice paved trail and great overlooks into Animas Valley. However, you have to drive about eight miles up Junction Creek Road to get there. Not sure it's worth the drive for a repeat walk. It's not a hike. Pit toilets and picnic area there, too.

scenic driving
Friday, October 09, 2015

If you ever travel to Durango, Colorado, remember to travel the San Juan Skyway. Although an experienced driver must complete this (curves and elevation changes), the views are outstanding within the Durango-Silverton stretch of the road. In spring the waterfalls and flowers blooming is a true masterpiece. Although in summer the views are amazing, traffic is usually backed up or slow. Fall is the most spectacular season with the fall colors even turning aspen trees bright red making the trees appear like they are on fire. Sadly the road is most the time closed in winter due to heavy snow or avalanches. Every time a relative comes down to Durango, I recommend this trip more than most the activities in Durango.

scenic driving
Sunday, July 12, 2015


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Hiking this trail,was great. Plenty of mountain scenery.It's wide open,andcan camp almost anywhere. Same lake on the way would be one great place to camp,unless you can backpack all the way to Cater lake. Then from the lake you can do a lot of back country hiking.2004-06-07

Sunday, August 24, 2014

My husband and I made this a day hike. WE were pretty pooped at the end of the 11 mile hike, but we are from TX and the elevation starting point was probably part of our issue. Beautiful hike. I was just a little disappointed in the lake. I'm not sure why, but I've seen others that I enjoyed more. Potato Lake or Spud Lake, for instance.
BUT, this was a beautiful hike. Just a bit too long for a day hike for us. We are still more comfortable w/ 5-7 mile hikes.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

This is a great day hike or easy backpack trip. I backpacked in and camp at the lake with my dog. It's a nice hike on a hot day as it's mostly in the forest, but you still get nice views. Unfortunately, some of those views are of the highway. There are some really muddy parts of the trail.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Magical place, love to hang out there for hours, very exciting when lightning activity is near. This is a National Monument and there is a fee, but the tour guides are amazingly informative, the history and archaeology is abounding.

scenic driving
Saturday, May 11, 2013

This is a beautiful drive through Western Colorado high country. I especially loved Telluride.

scenic driving
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A lengthly tour of the San Juan mountains. Places include: Durango, Silverton, Ouray, Ridgeway, Telluride,Delores, and Mesa Verde NP. Awesome scenery.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

This is a beautiful paved trail that overlooks Durango and the Animas Valley. There are a few picnic tables and several informative signs. Definitely worth taking the drive to see, and is a great place for a picnic and small children. We went during the week and had the place to ourselves.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

With so many great trails in the Silverton, Durango area, I rated this one as a two star because so much of it at the beginning is close to HWY 550N that hearing the cars and seeing the power lines bothers me. I also find the trail, which I've hiked, and backpacked a bit boring by the time you get to Crater Lake. The views beyond Crater Lake and the views of the Twilight Peaks are great. I prefer other nearby trails to this on.

Monday, August 23, 2010

One of my top five favorite hikes ever! Absolutely beautiful and although this one is a bit longer, it is not a back breaker. Make a day of it and you'll never forget it!

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