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Governor Basin 4x4 Road, Colorado

See historic mine structures and incredible wildflowers.
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Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 7.7 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  Gorgeous high-elevation scenery, incredible wildflowers and standing mine buildings. Trail accesses historic mines including the... more »

Tips:  This trail climbs rapidly to above 12,000 ft. Carry plenty water, food, rain gear and warm clothing. Wildflowers are best in early... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking and Staging Area

Lots of room on right to park and unload unlicensed vehicles.

2. Drinking Cup Photo Spot

Look for a natural spring near this dramatic photo spot.

3. Rock Overhang

Be careful as you approach the rock overhang since it's very narrow.

4. Left Turn for Imogene Pass

Watch for signs on left for Imogene Pass and Telluride. This is a fantastic trail, but ATVs must turn around just a little past Tomboy townsite.

5. Left Turn for Governor Basin

Watch for signs on left for Governor Basin and Ruby Trust Mine.

6. Good Lunch Spot

Main trail continues to right and heads across valley. Left is spur road to Virginius Mine. Abundant seasonal wildflowers here makes for great spot for lunch.

7. Trail Ends

After right turn at fork with gate, continue to end of trail at Mountain Top Mine. Boarding house was built in 1912 and housed 30 men. In 1922 this mine was the largest employer in Ouray County. This is private property, so you may have to walk short distance to end of trail if gate is closed. Please stay back from all structures and take only... More