Uravan to Bedrock to Carpenter Ridge

Uravan to Bedrock

Rating:  Easy
Length: 13 miles
Elevation: 5248’-5018’

Turn right and follow Hwy 141 for ½ mile. Turn left and cross the San Miguel River on a concrete bridge. Follow the river downstream as it drops into a small canyon to the confluence with the Dolores River at mile 4.5. Continue on the river road as it meanders through a deep river canyon. About 3 miles from the confluence, the narrow canyon opens to the Paradox Valley. Cross the valley floor and meet Hwy 90. Turn right on Hwy 90 and cross the Dolores River at Bedrock. This is an extremely scenic section. Limited services and water are available at the Bedrock Store.

Bedrock to Carpenter Ridge

Rating: Easy to Very Difficult
Length: 12.8 miles
Elevation: 5018’-7380’

From Bedrock follow Hwy 90 1 mile. Take the first county road to the right. Follow for 1 mile and turn left. Go ½ mile and turn right. Go up a small hill and travel 2 miles. Turn left. Travel 3 miles straight into Paradox, 8.5 miles from Bedrock. No services available in Paradox. At Paradox turn right past the school and firehouse to the north side of the valley. The road climbs steeply on switchbacks for 3 miles to the top of Carpenter Ridge. Enjoy panoramic views of the Paradox Valley and the San Juan Mountains.