June 1, 2012 - Traveling south on U.S. Highway 285 toward Poncha Springs, I had some extra time and
drove on Droney Gulch Road (Chaffee County Road 251.1) in
southern Chaffee County. This road can be
eventually meets with Forest Road 250 / Chaffee County Road 250 that leads to U.S. Highway 50 near
Poncha Springs. I made the scenic drive in my 2WD vehicle,
and this would make an excellent mountain biking route.
Photos and commentary by Steve Garufi in Buena Vista, Colorado.
This road should not to be confused with Chaffee County Road 251.A. That is a different road about
one mile north on U.S. Highway 285, and north of the Christmas 1806 rest area.
The road travels west toward Mount Shavano.
A distance in, the road becomes bumpier. :)
The views of Mount Shavano kept improving. This would be a great place to
relax or have a picnic. There's plenty of Colorado scenery to go around.
I turned left (south) on Forest Road 250. Obviously if you travel
in the mountains, you should have a quality map handy.
I recommend the National Geographic Trails Illustrated maps that you can
buy at practically any outdoor gear and supply store in Colorado.
On Forest Road 250, the trees give way to a clearing that offer
grand views of the Arkansas River Valley and mountains to the south and west.
Above is a photo of Mount Ouray and Chipeta Mountain.
With my luck, clouds had gathered and made my photography difficult.
Above is facing east toward the mountains on the other side of the Arkansas River and valley.
Eventually the road merged with the road that leads to the
Mount Shavano Trailhead at Blanks Cabin. I came in via the road
on the right and took it back to Poncha Springs and Salida.
Back on a paved road and close to civilization, I had to stop to admire these beautiful