Alpine Loop


Photo of Alpine Loop near Silverton.

The 65-mile Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway winds through the alpine terrain of the San Juan Mountains, connecting the towns of Lake City, Ouray, and Silverton. Recommended for four-wheel drive vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, and mountain bikes.

For more information on the Alpine Loop check out the BLM Alpine Loop VIDEO.

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Silverton, CO; Ouray, CO;  Lake City, CO
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Columbine Ranger District, (970) 884-2512


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  Area/Length : 
65 miles