Shelf with a View on a Forgotten Mining Road

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Nestled along a high-elevation bend in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, this primitive forest road spur offers a flat pull-off with stunning views of the mountains and valleys to the west. It is a good alternative to some of the more popular campsites found at lower elevations.

Compact vehicles with high-clearance four-wheel drive can access this remote spot. Enough room for one or two vehicles, and the area boasts great cell service with a decent view of the sky for satellite connectivity. An ancient fire ring sits here, likely unused for a long time.

This secluded and peaceful site offers solitude and lovely views, making it a perfect overnight stop for those passing by. Quiet, private, and surrounded by breathtaking scenery—truly a hidden gem in the backcountry.

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Status – OPEN

We’ve been here in-person, but it might have been a while. To our knowledge, this spot is currently open and accessible, but that can easily change, so always have a back-up plan!

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