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County Roads 17/23 Gravel Grinding

Ouray County Roads 23 and 17 between Ridgway and Ouray provide a scenic ride (12 miles one way) through rolling ranchland.

  • Distance: 24 miles roundtrip
  • Duration: 3 to 5 hours
  • Elevation: 6,800 to 7,600 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

The route starts at Ridgway’s Athletic Fields and ends at Ouray’s Fellin Park. When starting in Ridgway, the dirt and gravel route is more challenging, with a gradual steady climb, and from Ouray, includes more coasting on gentle downhills. If you leave a car at one of the route, or arrange for a ride, you can just do a 12-mile, one-way ride.

Biking on County Road 23
Photo by Hilary Lewkowitz