Alpine Loop Back Country Byway

HARD 22 reviews

Alpine Loop Back Country Byway is a 73.2 mile loop trail located near Silverton, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for off road driving and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

73.2 miles
8,891 feet

dogs on leash

off road driving







off road driving
1 day ago

Fantastic drive. Lots to see. People are polite

off road driving
13 days ago

Absolutely beautiful! Had a bear sighting near Animas Fork. Drove a lot of it in the rain with no issues.

20 days ago

With amazing views, many camping options, rock climbing, ghost towns, rock hunting, and a trail list to keep you busy for a week. Don't forget your wrench!

off road driving
1 month ago

Awesome loop. Drove it in a 2017 Tacoma, with a 2 inch lift, wrangler duratrac tires at 25 psi. Took us a little longer than expected, about 5.5 hours. We did cinnamon pass and then engineer pass. Cinnamon pass was a bit more difficult and required 4x4 and higher clearance. Engineer pass was very easy and not quite as impressive. We then drove down to Ouray from where the trail splits. This was quite difficult but very fun. Wouldn’t recommend doing this in a stock vehicle... at least some nice tires.

off road driving
1 month ago

We used a rzr 900 on these trails. We thought this trail should have been rated as easy. The trail is fairly wide and smooth.

off road driving
1 month ago

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Lot of fun. Full day in a jeep. We had never off roaded before and found it challenging but very doable

off road driving
Monday, June 26, 2017

It was a great trail, liked the Engineer pass better than Cinnamon. Views fantastic great ghost towns. Just beware of oncoming traffic, of course

scenic driving
Monday, April 10, 2017

This is just another one of those awesome back roads in the San Juan's. The scenery never disappoints. We did this in July of 2001, and started in Silverton and went over Cinnamon Pass and down to Lake city, then up and over Engineer and back to Silverton . What an incredible loop. It was all misty up by the top of Engineer the day we did it. Then the mist lifted and there were sheep all over the fields up there. Felt like you were in Ireland or something. Green as could be. Guard dogs all over too. It was a perfect moment as we approached the pass. Fairly cloudy the day we drove it though, so I will come back some day when it's clear blue. This is the Alpine loop road which takes in about 70 miles of back country jeep roads. Probably one of the most scenic dirt roads you will ever travel. Just do it!!

off road driving
Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Sketchy in some spots but a lot of fun! 4x4 a must!

Friday, May 06, 2016

Stunning views. It was a bit more difficult that I had bargained for but manageable. Long stretches of shelf road and some rock obstacles when I drove it. Much more difficult thank Yankee Boy Basin or Alta Lakes. You can avoid the harder stretches by avoiding the section that goes to Ouray. Advise airing down.

Beautiful Alpine basins.

scenic driving
Saturday, September 27, 2014

Awesome drive.

off road driving
Friday, July 12, 2013

Jeeped it. Make sure you are in a proper 4WD vehicle like a Jeep or ATV.

off road driving
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Scenic trip from Sliverton/Ouray to Lake City. We started in Silverton, to Animas Forks, then over Engineer Pass, down to Lake City. Returned via Cinnamon Pass to Animas Forks, and then back to Silverton. Lots of high mountain scenery, and mining ruins.

27 days ago

off road driving
Friday, July 21, 2017

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off road driving
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015