In 1872 Stony Pass Road was created to connect the area’s mining operations in Silverton to the town of Del Norte. County Road 3 follows small streams on the east side of Stony Pass (near the Continental Divide) which form the headwaters of the Rio Grande River.
Rating: Silverton to Stony Pass – Easy To Kite Lake – Difficult
Road: County Road 3
Round trip: 34 miles / 54 km to Kite Lake and back
Elevation: 10,000′ – 12,492′ / 3,048 m – 3,808 m
Near Kite Lake the road crosses the headwaters of the Rio Grande.