Alpine loop colorado map. How to get there. Most scenic byways are located on paved highways while backcountry byways focus on the out of the way sights. The alpine loop national backcountry scenic byway is the true gems of the san juan mountains in southwest colorado. Experience everything that the rocky mountain scenery has to offer all from the comfort of your vehicle.
Stretching over 360 miles of northern colorado this driving loop connects the three central scenic byways in the area with the cache la poudre national heritage area. This 65 mile route between lake city silverton and ouray was first built by miners in the late 1800s for mule wagons hauling equipment and ore across the mountains. At silverton turn right onto state highway 110 towards eureka. The alpine loop was a natural for this recognition and was one of the blms first backcountry byways.
To many cyclists this style of travel is the ultimate. This trail is suitable for everything from atvs to cars in some parts. As the hot summer sun melts the winter snows off of the high peaks i get the itch to hit the trail fill my lungs with piney mountain air enjoy the sight of jagged peaks lining the horizon for miles then relax to sounds of a. Five colorado backpacking loop hikes that will knock your socks off and give rocky mountain high a new meaning.
Self contained camping tours have been an adventure cycling tradition for 40 years. Travel north on highway 550 to silverton. The predecessor to the mountain coaster is the alpine slide which came out in the 1970s. There is a large staging area once you cross the river at eureka.
Wiegand a german company in rasdorf installed the first stainless steel tracks for the alpine slide in 1975 rather than the customary fiberglass or concrete tracks. The route starts in idaho springs and climbs to mount evans summit at 14258 feet offering stunning views wildlife watching and hiking trails along the way.