Adrenaline in the Mountains
Jeeping is one of the best ways to experience Telluride’s high country and the surrounding mountains. As an old mining town, there are plenty of roads that were previously accessed by workers that are now used as a great way to see stunning vistas while getting an adrenaline rush.
A few of our favorite places:
- Last Dollar Road - Best known for its stunning 360-degree views, Last Dollar Road is a popular easy Jeep trail in the area. The road starts between Ridgway and Telluride and comes to an end at the Telluride Airport, making this great for half-day trips. The road is the easiest in the area, so it’s great for beginners or those looking for great views but without the stress of driving on a tough road. Last Dollar Road is our favorite spot for a sunset over Wilson Peak!
- Ophir Pass - Ophir pass is an intermediate road that begins in Ophir and ends near Ouray that has tight roads and steep drop-offs. Topping out at 11,789 feet, this pass has a narrow shelf road on the west side of the pass that is best suited for one vehicle at a time. The best time to check out this road is between June and September when the snow has been cleared from the pass.
- Imogene Pass - Get ready for an adventure! As the second-highest driveable pass in Colorado, Imogene Pass is certainly thrilling. This 4WD road connects Telluride and Ouray on a steep, rocky road that is only passable with high-clearance 4WD cars. The 17.5-mile road reaches heights of 13,114 feet after passing through Tomboy Townsite and other mining debris. Be sure to stop for a pic under the famous arch - it’ll be frame-worthy!
- Black Bear Pass - This unique drive is only for experienced drivers - but it’s definitely something to write home about. This difficult road begins on Highway 550 at Red Mountain Pass and continues past Ingram Lake and the Black Bear Mine before becoming a one-way road at the “steps” down to the Bridal Veil Power Plant. This is an extremely difficult pass and only high-clearance, 4WD vehicles are recommended.
Book a Trip or Rental
Want to explore Telluride’s high country but avoid the stress of being behind the wheel? Book a guided tour with us! Choose from half-day trips or extend your tour for a full day on the mountain. Half-day trips include Imogene Pass and Tomboy, Black Bear Pass or Ophir Pass and Alta Ghost Town. Our local guides know the history of the area and will share insider tips while you traverse through some of the most beautiful territory in the country.
For those who would rather trek the 4WD passes on their own, Jeep rentals are an extremely popular way to go! Several companies in the area offer full-day rentals and have 4-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicons, Jeep Gladiator Rubicons and even Toyota 4Runners. Please note: all passes are accessible via rental Jeeps, but no rental vehicles are permitted on Black Bear Pass.
Interested in booking a guided tour or Jeep rental? Our local team can help. Give us a call at (855) 940-2866.