Red Mountain Mining Area

EASY 5 reviews

Red Mountain Mining Area is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Ouray, Colorado that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and off road driving and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
800 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly

nature trips

off road driving

views

off road driving
3 months ago

This road is also County Road 31. With another route option on County Road 31a further up the road. When you come to the CR 31a sign stay left on CR31. This way will take you to Yankee Girl mine and then you can continue from there. A little further past Yankee Girl there are other mines and the road turns right into a switch back and looks kind of steep. Sometimes a little messy with some mud. This in the only semi difficult section of the whole road. But it's not that bad and worth it so just go for it. Any good 4x4 or suv can get past. Then continue down the road to remains of Red Mountain Town. You can see what is left of the old jail house and after that the National Bella Mine. At the intersection at Red Mountain Town you can go straight for a shorter route that goes back out to the hwy or turn left. I recommend left for more scenery and adventure. Once you go left and over the hill turn right and finding the rest of the way is easy. There are other mines and history to check out on the other side roads. For example by turning on Guston road before you get to Yankee Girl you can go hike to American Girl mine or hike to the old turn table which is where the trains would turn around. Both are worth it. I hope this helps you and that you can enjoy this place like I have.

hiking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fun little hike around the old mining structures!

off road driving
Saturday, July 30, 2016

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.

off road driving
Friday, July 12, 2013

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 road driving
Friday, March 01, 2013

Off US550 Silverton-Ouray. Goes thru early mining district. Route gets confusing at times.