- The Alpine Loop Scenic Byway leads west out of Lake City on Engineer Pass Road, which is labeled as a four-wheel drive road by the Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway Commission. This road follows Hanson Creek and provides numerous access points to the southeastern portions of the Uncompahgre Wilderness.
This scenic byway passes seven ghost towns. On Engineer Pass Road (BLM Road 3300) you'll pass the first of these, Capitol City, as the road turns southward and heads into the mine-laden country north of Silverton. Within this mining region are several four-wheel drive roads leading to the various mines. Many of these exist on private land and may not be open for public use. The route continues over Engineer Pass then follows BLM Road 4502 to Forest Road 878. This road leads northwest to Highway 550 and Ouray.
An alternate path to the one described above is to follow Cinnamon Pass Road. To reach this road from Lake City follow Highway 149 south to the turn off for Lake San Cristobal. This is Cinnamon Pass Road and may also be marked as BLM Road 3306. Turn right on to this road. It will become a four-wheel drive road in 15 miles. On this road you'll pass Sherman and Whitehorse ghost towns, before crossing Cinnamon Pass. Within a few miles of crossing the pass Cinnamon Pass Road intersects with Highway 110. This leads north to Ouray and more four-wheeling or south to Silverton.
Recreation - This scenic byway leads through the Uncompahgre and Rio Grande National Forests. Recreation opportunities abound in the surrounding terrain. Boating, fishing, camping, backpacking, hiking, mountain biking and viewing historic sites are a few of the activities, in which visitors to the region can participate.
Climate - This scenic byway passes through Colorado's high country. It is open during the summer and fall months only. When recreating in this region be prepared for precipitation, cold rain or snow, at any time of the year. Bring extra food, clothing and gas on this ride.
This scenic byway is located in the southwestern section of the state. It leads west from Lake City, along Cinnamon and Engineer Pass Roads, to Silverton and Ouray.