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Black Bear Pass

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Location Telluride, CO
Rating Difficult,
Length 10mi
Time 2-3hrs

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Notoriously narrow switchbacks descend into Telluride.

Incredible views from high above Red Mountain Pass and Telluride. Close-up views of historic mines and dramatic waterfalls. Feel the mist from spectacular Bridal Veil Falls. Road is closed November through May 1. Switchbacks are one-way downhill; no return to start. Unlicensed vehicles should turn around before going down one-way switchbacks or have pick-up vehicle waiting at the bottom.


Trail Ratings Defined

Most of the trail is easy to moderate. The difficult rating is based on a mile-long stretch of dangerous switchbacks above Bridal Veil Falls. Your vehicle should have low-range 4WD, good tires, good brakes, excellent articulation and a fully functional emergency brake.






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(970) 327-4261San Juan and Uncompahgre N.F. Call Norwood Ranger District

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Joel says

This is definitely one of the best trails in the state. I enjoyed it so much I did it 3 days in a row back a few years ago. I’ve noticed they maintain the switchbacks every year with a cat so it’s probably not as exciting as it once was but power steering is still a plus 👍🏻

Bret says

The trail is being maintained by a local 4x4 club, but the descent from the pass down is still it’s flexy, steep self. Ran the trail with a stock JLUR with 33’s and no issues. The narrow canyon with the steep step at the end near the top is closed off.
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