Bolam Pass

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Hermosa, Colorado (Dolores County)
Last Updated: 08/10/2021

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Highlight: Bolam Pass
This is your shortcut from Durango (near Hermosa) to Telluride, for those who’d rather avoid the smooth and well-traveled highway through Ouray and Silverton. Dispersed camping abounds along the central and eastern portion of the route, along with an established campground at each end. Numerous creeks- Hermosa, Sig, and Barlow chief among them - offer fishing and splashing in season, and could provide a challenging fording opportunity when the water’s up for those with the means. In the remote central portion of the trail, you’ll find a small marshy lake, abundant wildlife, and few other people. You can access the Colorado Trail from the crest of Bolam Pass. There is a mining claim, an abandoned mine, and the old Barlow homestead near the western end. Because this is such a remote location, there is no light pollution in the central reaches, and the stargazing is unsurpassed. Food and entertainment await you on the eastern end at Purgatory Ski Resort. Many side roads and connectors take you to explore other parts of the mountains, especially in the eastern portion of the route near Purgatory. This is a route that can be tackled in a stock 4x4 vehicle or even with an aggressive offroad style trailer under good conditions; good conditions are only likely in summer.
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