Nellie Creek Road

Located in the San Juan Mountains, in Hinsdale County, Colorado, in USA, Nellie Creek Road (FSR#877) is very gnarly.

Nellie Creek Road
Nellie Creek Road

The road is totally impassable in winters. Altitude and extreme weather are always a factor at any time of year. It suffers the harsh meteorological conditions of the area every winter. Accessed from the Henson Creek Road, about 4 miles (6.4 km) west of Lake City, the road is suitable for high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles. It is very rough, narrow and steep. The area is notorious for severe thunderstorms and lightning on summer afternoons. Conditions can quickly change and become dangerous.

This is definitely not a Sunday drive. The road ends at 3.494m (11,463ft) above the sea level. It offers stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. It takes you to a large parking area that is Uncompahgre Peak Trailhead, on the Uncompahgre Wilderness boundary. Extreme care on some water crossings.
Pic&video: Terry Sayre