Silver Jack Reservoir

3.8/5 (12 reviews)
Ridgway, Colorado (Ouray County)
Last Updated: 05/12/2022

Trail Information


Just a little way north and east of Ridgeway Colorado, after the Owl Creek Trail, you will find that the Silver Jack Reservoir trail is a fantastic way to experience Colorado's high forest, Chapparal, and High desert terrain types. If you are looking for a great place to look at mature Spruce, Aspen, and Box Alder trees, lots of good camping opportunities and plentiful stream or lake fishing, this is the right trail for you. You start out at 10,000 feet high on a Mountain pass and descend through the life zones that change during your 3,000 descent to the high desert. For a long part of the road, you parallel the Cimarron River. The views of the sawtoothed Rocky Mountains certainly do not disappoint. In fact, this whole area is peppered with streams, lakes and trails. You'll experience narrow shelf roads, limited switchbacks, and some very easy scenic driving. Camping is plentiful along bubbling creeks, under shady trees, and along the roadside dispersed areas. It's a short hop on US Highway 50 back to Montrose, Colorado from the trail's end.

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Trail Reviews

3.8/5 (12)
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/24/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Took this road along with Owl Creek pass coming into Ridgeway. Picture perfect fall weather with stunning views the entire way. Highly recommended as you can make it in any vehicle.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/27/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Beautifully-maintained road with some great scenery. I was in this area during the last week of August but I would guess that just a few weeks later is when the fall colors would be at their peak so I'd like to come back next year. I'm giving it five stars for the scenery and the access it provides to other trails in the area.
Rated 2/5
Visited: 07/17/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Drove through from Owl Creek Pass on a Sunday. LOTS of local traffic around the lake, which was very low. Dusty, heavily trafficked dirt road. I'm sure it's beautiful in the fall and there good access to some nice camping areas, but not really recommended for just a pass through.
Official Crew
Visited: 05/12/2022

Reports say this is plowed out and open CDOT Driving reports
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/29/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Well maintained dirt road. Used to access other trails and camping.

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