Recreation Areas

Alpine Triangle Recreation Area

Jeep on unpaved road

Along with three fourteeners and more than a dozen alpine peaks at about 13,000 feet in elevation, the landscapes of the Alpine Triangle Recreation Area feature spectacular alpine tundra, wildflower displays, winding streams and snowfields, all within the rugged San Juan Mountains. Visitors can enjoy winter sports, including downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Opportunities for motorized recreation, including four-wheel driving, are outstanding. Travelers along the Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway, which passes through this region, will discover a rich history of Native American cultures and of miners who once used the land here.

Field Office:  Gunnison
Total Area: 107,109 acres

Elevation Range: 13,000 - 14,000 feet

  • Byway
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Heritage tourism
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain biking
  • Off-highway vehicles
  • Rock climbing
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Winter sports
  • 4x4 and jeep touring
Attractions, Facilities, & Services:
  • 3 fourteeners
  • Four-wheel drive rentals and tours
  • Interpretive exhibits
  • One campground with drinking water
  • Dispersed campsites
  • Restrooms
  • Available in Lake City, Ouray and Silverton: lodging, restaurants, shops and vehicle services

Directions:  From Lake City: reach access points by traveling north on Highway 149. To access the Ouray entrance: travel north on US-550 from Ouray. To access the Silverton entrance: travel south on US-550 from Silverton.