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Mineral Creek OHV Trail is a 13.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ouray, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for off road driving and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 13.6 mi Elevation gain 3,264 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Ohv / off road driving

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Rocky climb up narrow picturesque canyon. From Ouray, this is the quickest and most direct way to the Alpine Loop and Engineer Pass, but it is also the most difficult. Road climbs up scenic narrow canyon and accesses Poughkeepsie Gulch and Mineral Point. Hidden waterfalls at Poughkeepsie entrance. This popular trail has limited parking at start and can get quite congested on busy weekends. Located in Uncompahgre National Forest and on BLM land. For current conditions call the Ouray Ranger District (970) 240-5300. In the summer, call the San Juan Mountain Center in Silverton at (970) 387-5530. Difficult, but just barely so. Rocky and steep in places, especially at the beginning. Stock 4WD SUVs can do it with careful tire placement and patience. No room to pass along one stretch of narrow ledge road. High clearance, low range and skid plates recommended. Some offroad driving experience is helpful.

Located in Uncompahgre National Forest and on BLM land. For current conditions call the Ouray Ranger District (970) 240-5300. In the summer, call the San Juan Mountain Center in Silverton at (970) 387-5530.

This trail starts off pretty steep and rocky, so novice drivers may be intimidated at first. But with a little patience and adventuresome spirit, you'll find this a fun way to reach Engineer Pass. If trail is too much for you, you can reach Engineer Pass by driving all the way around through Silverton and heading north on County Road 2. You have to drive the first half of this trail to reach start of difficult Poughkeepsie Gulch. Trail conditions can change without notice.

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Sean Lamb
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Had a friend leading / spotting but there were a few pretty crazy spots. As reference I had never done anything like this before in my stock 2016 taco OR but wow did I learn lots. Made it up to above tree line but snow stopped us so had to double back

J Michael Price II
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Not easy but a stock Jeep can do it. Need experience or it’s going to be a rough ride!!

Jaymus W Perry
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OHV/Off Road DrivingNo shadeOff trailRockyScramble

need to know your 4x4 prior to going on this road. Started from Silverton onto Ouray. Dirt bikes & RZRs, I have a 2002 Nissan Frontier on 31 tires, just plan your descent from boulder to boulder. One stone was 16" high from point to point, which put the bottom of my frame @ 2.3ft high at center. Road very rough from Hwy 550 for about 1/4 mile, then compatible.

Justin Narans
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Fun trail I guess. It would be better going up I think. There are a few tippy spots coming down, so don’t go too quick. 2015 JKUR lifted and with the right stuff

Rainey Segura
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Great drive. Was not expecting all the rocks coming down from Animas Fork. Definitely chastity scrapping in some areas. Other than that my Jeep Wrangler did great! We had a blast and spent all day on the Alpine Trail.

Jay Benjamin
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Take CR 18 back to Ouray from Animas Forks the said....... didn't realize this was Mineral Creek till we got back to camp... best trail we did all day..

Paul Henderson
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Miles and miles of big rocks. High clearance and low range is simply a given. At times in the Jeep we found ourselves leaned sideways enough to have at least one passenger end up crawled up on top of another lol. Maybe having to do that while edging along near cliffs at times was a bit much. It was raining and all those rocks were slippery so that might have caused some of the worry too. This is a trail where parts can get broke. We saw one blown tire and one totaled ATV. Although this trail isn't famous like some others, I would say it's very memorable!! We really can't say there was anything about this trail we would want to see again if we weren't going to Poughkeepsie.

Dave Hodgson
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Twice through in a 2017 Ford Raptor. Some fun/tricky spots. You definitely want a high clearance 4x4 for this trail.

Cody Denning
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OHV/Off Road Driving
Sue K.
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Jose Sosa
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Mada Nosnibor
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Jeff D.
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Christine Miller
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Adam Weisman
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Chris Hennagir
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OHV/Off Road Driving
Jon Spratt
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Luis Garcia Irizarry
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Todd Mayta
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Luis Garcia Irizarry
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Jayne Long
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John Rodriguez
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