Description: The Hagerman Pass area is a relaxing ride packed with tons of beautiful scenery. There are campgrounds at Turquoise Lake and Ruedi Reservoir that provide convenient camping and fishing. The pass is also close to Leadville which has gas, food and lodging.
From the end of the pavement on the Fryingpan River Road the road is an all-weather road until 3 miles before the pass. Along this road there are a couple of short sidetracks to some smaller lakes in the region. FDR #502, near Coke Oven State Wildlife Area, takes you to Diemer and Sellar Lakes, and FDR #527, the right fork 3 miles before the pass, takes you to Ivanhoe Lake. All of these lakes are worth exploring. Continuing over the pass will
take you to Turquoise Lake and the town of Leadville.
Directions: From Carbondale travel east on Hwy 82 to Basalt. Turn left at the stoplight and travel through Basalt following the main street through town. This road is the Fryingpan River Road and travels out of Basalt following the Fryingpan River. From Basalt travel 27 miles until the pavement ends. Turn left at the fork in the road and then left again, staying on road #105. Travel on the all-weather road for 11 miles and take the left fork to Hagerman Pass. Here the road becomes suitable for high clearance vehicles only.