Ophir Pass#7 in Best Things To Do in Telluride
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Located just east of the adjacent town of Ophir (about 15 miles southeast of Telluride), this dirt road is a prime spot for off-roading. The path stretches nearly 10 miles and climbs as high as 12,789 feet. To get back to Ophir after reaching the summit, you can travel back the way you came or continue on down Red Mountain Pass.
Recent visitors described this off-roading experience as "fabulous," "exciting" and "awesome." Many were especially impressed with the path's breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountains, although some cautioned that parts of the pass are difficult to drive. A few reviewers also noted that this two-way thoroughfare is quite narrow, so keep your eyes on the road at all times. Vehicles that are traveling up the pass have the right of way.
You'll need to hire a four-wheel drive vehicle or bring your own all-terrain vehicle to traverse this free pass, since no ATV rentals are available in town. Jeeps can be rented from companies like Colorado 145 and Farabee's Jeep Rentals. If you'd rather let someone else do the driving, consider joining Telluride Outside's ATV tour of Ophir Pass for $95 to $165 per adult (or $85 to $135 for each child 12 and younger). Exact tour fees vary by trip duration. The road is open 24 hours a day year-round, but conditions are at their best from late June to September. No restrooms or other facilities are available on-site. Check out Visit Telluride's Ophir Pass page for more information.
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When most people talk about Telluride, they're typically referring to this ski resort rather than the town. This massive complex boasts more than 2,000 acres of skiable terrain in the San Juan Mountains. The resort's 148 trails cater to skiers of all levels, although most slopes are best suited for experienced skiers. And during the warmer months, travelers can go mountain biking, golfing, whitewater rafting and more.
Recent visitors said that this is one of the best skiing areas in the country, citing its ample powder (more than 300 inches accummulate here annually) and less crowded atmopshere (in spring) as highlights. A few reviewers also raved about the resort's restaurants, especially Altezza At The Peaks, Alpino Vino, Allred's Restaurant and Bon Vivant.
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