There have been several instances of road closed signs and barricades being removed or driven around.
Anyone caught will be reported to the Sherrif’s Department. Driving on closed roads can seriously damage the roadway, as well as put your vehicle at risk. Driving off trail to go around a sign seriously impacts the fragile tundra. DO NOT GO around these signs/barricades/equipment blocking the roadways.
Changes from day to day, but this was posted by the US Forest Service as of 7/16/2019:
Passes and Silverton Area Roads
Contact: Not all of these locations are on the San Juan National Forest. The number for the Silverton Chamber is (970) 387-5654.
Updates to this page are made as soon as the local contacts relay the information. If the date above seems old, it simply means there have been no changes in the road conditions since that date. Once there are changes, the page will be updated.
As of July 16, 2019
Most roads will probably open later than usual this year due to excessive snow and avalanches. We will try to keep up with changes on this site as soon as we hear reliable information.
*Be aware that passes can vary with weather any time of year. Some may be slick in areas, washed out or snow covered, even if they are listed as OPEN. Please don’t go beyond where you are comfortable driving. Be safe out there!
THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL INSTANCES OF ROAD CLOSED SIGNS AND BARRICADES BEING REMOVED OR DRIVEN AROUND. Anyone caught will be reported to the Sherrif’s Department. Driving on closed roads can seriously damage the roadway, as well as put your vehicle at risk. Driving off trail to go around a sign seriously impacts the fragile tundra. DO NOT GO around these signs/barricades/equipment blocking the roadways.
Animas Forks – OPEN through Hurricane and California Gulch. LOTS of snow in California Gulch. Roads are narrow and muddy. * The main road to Animas Forks is blocked by a large avalanche.
Black Bear Pass – Closed by snow Bolam Pass – Open to Hermosa Creek crossing, Avalanche between Hotel Draw and Bolam Pass California – OPEN Clear Lake -OPEN to tree line (below lake) Cinnamon Pass – OPEN Corkscrew Pass – OPEN County Road 110 – OPEN County Road 2 – OPEN approx. 1 mile past Eureka FLOODING is an issue, so currently down to single lane Cunningham Gulch – OPEN to Pride of West Boarding House
Divide Road 564 – Closed by snow Engineer Pass – Lake City to Animas Forks – OPEN Engineer Pass – Lower endto 550- Closed by avalanche debris Eureka Gulch – OPEN to snow, could be hard to turn around Hurricane Pass – OPEN Imogene Pass – Closed by snow Kennebec Pass – Closed by snow La Plata Canyon (County Road 124) – OPEN to Columbus Basin Last Dollar – OPEN Lobo Overlook – Closed by snow
Maggie Gulch – OPEN to snow, could be hard to turn around Mineral Point – Closed by snow* Minnehaha – Closed by snow Minnie Gulch – OPEN to snow, could be hard to turn around Ophir Pass – OPEN Owl Creek Pass – Closed by snow
Picayune – Closed by snow* Placer – Closed by snow* Poughkeepsie – Closed by snow Scotch Creek – Closed by snow South Mineral Road – OPEN to just past campground Stony Pass – OPEN, Pole Creek crossing at your own risk Treasure Mountain Loop – Closed by snow* Yankee Boy Basin – OPEN