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.
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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.
Old Lime Creek Road Scenic Drive
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.