I’ve been writing about the first roads used by Pagosa Country pioneers to reach Pagosa Springs from the outside world. The focus has been on a road no longer in use. This particular road crossed the San Juan Mountains by way of Elwood Pass and on the western side of the San Juans reached Pagosa Springs by way of the East Fork of the San Juan River.
I think the Elwood Pass route is still passable with a four-wheel drive, but since I haven’t been up there in maybe 30 years, I’m not sure. The best advice is to call the U.S. Forest Service office in Pagosa Springs before you try it.