Marble, CO – Medium – 4.5 Miles – Hike, Run, Mountain Bike, Horseback Ride, Dog Friendly – Dirt
Ragged Mountain Road (FSR #898) is an intermediate/moderate road you can hike, run, mountain bike, and horseback ride that is dog friendly. This is a 4.5 mile dirt road at the top of McClure Pass (8,755 ft) near Marble, CO.
To get to the trailhead from the intersection of Highway 133 and Marble, follow Highway 133 (West Elk Loop Scenic Byway) up 3 miles to the top of McClure Pass (8,755 ft). A parking area is on the left and the road is to the left of the parking area.
Marble, CO – Medium – 4.5 Miles – Snowshoe, Classic XC Ski, Dog Friendly – Snow
Ragged Mountain Road (FSR #898) is an intermediate/moderate winter road you can snowshoe and classic cross-country ski that is dog friendly. This is a 4.5 mile winter trail at the top of McClure Pass (8,755 ft) near Marble, CO. This is not a groomed nordic trail.
More information about McClure Pass can be found at:
White River National Forest – McClure Pass (XC Skiing)
Ute Indians occupied Colorado before recorded history. With the acquisition of the horse from the Spanish in approximately 1640 A.D., Ute lives and social structure drastically changed. With horses, they could hunt larger game and traverse McClure Pass to intercept the buffalo migration route.
Utes were among the first Indian tribes to have horses, a measure of wealth which allowed them to live in larger, safer numbers in the “Shining Mountains” of Colorado.
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The discovery of valuable minerals brought miners and forecast the future of the Utes, whose domain encompassed nearly half of Colorado. While tolerant of trappers and prospectors, the Utes were not prepared of the ranchers and farmers who followed and coveted the fertile land. In 1881, the Utes were forcibly marched off to southwestern Colorado and northern Utah and placed on reservations.”