The San Juans are packed with historic mining and ghost towns, mill ruins, and thousands of mine shafts. Below we head out from Animas Forks.
We pay attention to the OHV signs in Silverton, park, and have a great lunch. Our starting point was Ironton Park on US550, exactly 8.1 miles from Ride-N in Ouray. This starting point leads us up Corkscrew Gulch, and then down into Silverton about an hour later.
Coming around the corner on San Juan County Rd. 99, it's a feeling of sheer exhilaration. We head down into Treasure Mountain and onto CR 2.