|Drive north (left out the driveway) from the Lodge about a mile to the entrance to Durango Mountain Resort. Drive up the pavement to the bottom of the upper parking lots and keep going strait up and onto the dirt road. Hermosa Park road switchbacks up the side of the ski area until it reaches a "T" intersection a couple of miles up. Turn left onto Forest Road 581. The Elbert Creek Road winds up across ski runs and under chair lifts and offers magnificent views of Graysill, Gray Rock, Engineer, the Twilights as well as the Needles. Once you crest the hill, you come into the Elbert Creek Drainage, a truly remote and lonely high country landscape. The road crosses the trickle of Elbert Creek and continues on a few miles to dead end at the Strawberry Patch.