Droney Gulch - Chaffee County, Colorado

A Scenic Drive In Southern Chaffee County - Scenic Loop Via Droney Gulch

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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. Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - Google Plus

Droney Gulch Road

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.

Mount Shavano Colorado

The road travels west toward Mount Shavano.

Droney Gulch Road Colorado

A distance in, the road becomes bumpier. :)

Mt. Shavano

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.

Road 250

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.

Mount Ouray & Chipeta Mountain

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.

Mount Shavano Trailhead

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.

Horses

Back on a paved road and close to civilization, I had to stop to admire these beautiful horses. :)

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