Sutton-Neosho Mine Trail
With striking views and the ability to explore the historic mining operations of the Neosho mine, this 1/2 day hike should be on your must-try list! The trail brought us to the old house that sits across the gorge from highway 550 (Million Dollar Highway). You might have spotted this old cabin on the Ouray side of highway 550 and Red Mountain Pass. A sign on the cabin reads “Antiques” and it has laundry hanging out in front of it! We’ve seen this cabin for years across from the Million Dollar highway and always wondered how to get there! The Sutton Mine Trail is the ticket to this hidden destination.
The trail-head begins next to the Ouray Ice Park and and is well maintained. The first 1/2 mile is comprised of steep switchbacks. The trail then does some leveling-off into Pine tree groves, Aspens, and fields of wildflowers. You will see views of the Million Dollar Highway as well as the Ouray Amphitheater during your hike.
My favorite part was when we finally reached the mine. The old mine carts, living quarters, and abandoned mine caves will bring you back to your childhood exploration days. We also spotted two old car wrecks from the old cabin. The cars had gone over the edge of the Million Dollar Highway some time ago with only rusty wreckage left above the Uncompahgre River. Scary.