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Snowmobiling: Colorado > San Juan National Forest > Columbine Ranger District

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Old Lime Creek Road Scenic Drive

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General Description

After passing the Purgatory area, U.S. Highway 550 climbs steeply up Coal Bank Hill just east of Engineer Mountain. If you have time and a sturdy vehicle, the Old Lime Creek Road (Forest Road 591) is a scenic alternate route that rejoins U.S. Highway 550 after 12 miles.

Directions from Durango, Colorado: Take U.S. Highway 550 30 miles north from Durango and go past the turn-off for Purgatory Ski Area Turn east onto Old Lime Creek Road (Forest Road 591). The road rejoins U.S. Highway 550 12 miles later.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Busy but good condition. Updated: 2001-07-30 14:13:00.0

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Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is an awesome drive...not for the squeemish.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Scenic Driving Old Lime Creek Road Scenic Drive

Related Activities
Sig Creek Campground - Sig Creek Campground is six miles west of the Purgatory resort, on the Hermosa Park Road (Forest Road 578). Nine sites on four acres sit on a south-facing hillside about 0.25 mile from the East Fork of Hermosa Creek.

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Visitor Information:

Columbine Ranger District, 367 South Pearl Street, P.O. Box 439 , Bayfield, CO, 81122, Phone: 970-884-2512, Fax: 970-884-2428, TTY: 970-884-1433


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