Divide Road

Scout Route
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As described here, the road begins from the north within the Dominquez-Escalante National Conservation Area before reaching the heart of the Uncompahgre National Forest. It starts as gravel and quickly gains 2,000 feet in elevation within the first 15 miles of its almost 83 miles of distance. The northern half provides excellent views of the La Sal Mountains in Utah, and then as you travel south, views give way to the San Juan Mountains. The road mixes wide-open grasslands with patches of aspen and pines. The aspens were plentiful, offering a nice leaf peeping tour in the fall. Dispersed camping was denser in the northern sections but was abundant all over. When finding a dispersed pull-off, be sure to read the marker that states "No Motorized Traffic" as at first glance, it would appear you can't drive into a campsite, but you will notice smaller words stating the motorized travel must stop within a stated number of yards. There are also three designated campgrounds named Divide Forks, Columbine, and Iron Springs that are free and first come, first serve.