Get Started with a Class 1 Trail

Screen Shot 2016-06-09 at 3.53.35 PMA mountain adventure exploring the sights and sounds of Ouray in a Jeep is an incredible, unforgettable experience. Because of the rugged terrain and elevation, however, tackling some of it requires experience. If you’re just getting your feet wet, it’s best to build towards the more difficult trails, so today we’re taking a look at a Class 1 trail. These trails are considered the least difficult, but it doesn’t mean they are any less exciting.

Located in the San Juan region, the curiously named Last Dollar Road is one of the easiest and best trails for beginners. You can take it from Ouray to Telluride and it’s safe enough that many portions of it can be driven in a passenger vehicle. However, it can be trickier if the terrain happens to be wet, so keep that in mind if it starts to rain.

Once you’ve turned onto Colorado Highway 62 at Ridgway, all you need to do is drive ten miles and you’ll notice the sign indicating Last Dollar Road to the south. The trail will eventually fork and you’ll have the option of taking the right fork to the town of Sawpit on Highway 145 or the left fork to the top of Hastings Mesa. The latter has gorgeous vistas of the west end of the Sneffels Range.

This update is provided by Ouray Mountain Adventures, Incorporated. Our Ouray Jeep trails allow you to explore the Rocky Mountains and we offer full or half day reservations. For more information on our Jeep rentals in Ouray Colorado including available vehicles, rates, and rental policies, call 970.919.1005 or 888.919.3256. You can also visit us at 125 3rd Avenue, Ouray, Colorado 81427.