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Alpine Loop

Alpine Loop

Length: 63 miles
Driving time: 4 to 6 hours

The Alpine Loop leaves pavement and people behind, crossing the remote, rugged, spectacular heart of the San Juan Mountains. It's demanding—the two 12,000-foot passes (Cinnamon and Engineer) require a high-clearance 4-wheel-drive vehicle—but the well-prepared motorist reaps unparalleled rewards: pristine mountain views, hiking and biking trails, great camping opportunities, and ample solitude. These rocky roads were first used by 19th-century miners, who carted their ore off to Silverton, Ouray, and Lake City in mule-drawn wagons. Spend an afternoon exploring abandoned townsites, structures, and other former mining haunts—if you want to commune with ghosts of Colorado's rich past.

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Local Chamber(s) of Commerce

Corridor Management Plan

Special Considerations


BLM-Gunnison Resource Area
216 N. Colorado
Gunnison CO 81230

Lake City & Hinsdale County Visitor Center
800 Gunnison Ave
Lake City CO 81235

Ouray Visitors Center
1230 Main Street
Ouray CO 81427

Silverton Visitors Center
414 Greene St
Silverton, CO 81433
(970) 387-5530

Contact Us
  • Lenore C. Bates
    Colorado Scenic Byways Coordinator
    2829 W. Howard Pl.
    Denver, CO 80204

  • Colorado Tourism Office
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Know Before You Go.

Colorado: The Official State Web Portal