Owl Creek Pass

4.2/5 (17 reviews)
Ridgway, Colorado (Ouray County)
Last Updated: 05/12/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

If stunning scenery, cool mountain air, and marvelous forests are your pleasure, then Owl Creek Pass Road is a must-do for you while visiting southwestern Colorado. While not as scenic as many of the other mountain passes around the Ridgeway/Ouray area, the views are far less difficult to get to than those other places. Most of the ride is on narrow well maintained dirt road that offers glimpses of the Courthouse Mountains and Chimney Rock. In the summer, you will be treated to flowing mountain streams and endless wildflowers nestled amongst the thick mature stands of Aspen, Spruce, and Box Alder trees. John Wayne filmed scenes from both True Grit and How the West Was Won along this road. (Can you find some locations?) You may recognize Chimney Rock in the highlight photo in some of his scenes. Bring a lunch, you'll want to stop by the cool mountain stream that runs through the pass and enjoy the quiet.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

4.2/5 (17 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/24/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Came to Ridgeway combining this trail with Silver Creek from Hwy 50. Amazing views on a perfect fall day.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/28/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Nothing really special about this trail; however, driving it during peak fall-color season would be pretty stunning.
Status: Open
Rated 2/5
Visited: 07/17/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fairly easy drive with some nice views. If you're intention is to camp there are lots of great spots in this area but for just a pass through I'm not sure it's really worth it. Road was fairly rough all the way through and very dusty when I was there. It leads to Silver Jack Reservoir Road which is a heavily trafficked dirt road. Even early in the week, lots of traffic on both.
Jim Long
Official Crew
15500
Status: Open
Visited: 05/12/2022

Reported as Plowed and Open. CDOT Driving reports
Open, According to
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/01/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Do this trail in the fall during the Aspen color change. It is spectacular! I try to migrate from Albuquerque to do this drive every Fall. The road itself is non technical, and most cars will navigate it with zero issues. There is a plethora of opportunities for photography, camping, and wildlife watching. The camping is ample, abeit crowded. If you have the opportunity to come here, do not pass it up! Stunning area! It is what leaf peepers dreams are made of!
Trail Review: Owl Creek Pass - Jen MacCornack

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