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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.