Colorado Attractions, Small Towns September 02, 2021
by Annie The Alpine Loop National Back Country Byway In Colorado Takes You From Historic Mining Towns To The Top Of The World And Back
Have you ever imagined visiting the top of the world and taking in all of its amazing sights and smells? You can do so right here in Colorado! Okay, so maybe it isn’t quite the top of the world, but with its jaw-dropping views and impressive elevation, the Alpine Loop National Back Country Byway sure does feel that way:
Spanning 65 miles of the gorgeous San Juan Mountains, the Alpine Loop National Back Country Byway covers truly Only in Colorado landscapes that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your car or ATV.
Rated as moderate, the Alpine Loop National Back Country Byway winds through some of the best backcountry roads in the state, passing through endless wildflower fields, forests, and high alpine meadows.
Since it is situated in the San Juans, drivers will also be treated to 365-degree bird's eye views via the 12,620-foot Cinnamon Pass, 12,800-foot Engineer Pass, and 12,650-foot Stony Pass.
Thanks to the area it is in, you are guaranteed to hop on the Byway in a historic mining town and hit many others along the way, including Silverton, Animas Forks, Lake City, and Ouray (pictured).
When you plan your drive, it is recommended that you set aside 2 or more days, as not only is the suggested drive time 7+ hours, but there is plenty to see and do in all of the towns and atop each peak.
Due to rugged terrain and steep inclines, it is recommended that drivers along the Alpine Loop use either a vehicle with 4-wheel drive or an ATV.
Please note: Due to its high elevation, the Alpine Loop is only open late May (or early June, depending on the snow) through early October.
To learn more about the Alpine Loop National Back Country Byway - or to check on conditions before you go - please contact the Lake City Chamber of Commerce at (970) 944-2527.
Are you looking for a drive that is a little shorter and sweeter? Then you will want to check out
The 19-Mile Scenic Drive In Colorado You Will Want To Take As Soon As You Can.
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Address: Alpine Loop Start, Ouray County, CO 81427, USA