Ophir Pass is a convenient and scenic way to get from Silverton to Telluride. Seasonal wildflowers grow thick at higher elevations. Alta Lakes has great camping and picnicking in a beautiful mountain setting. Camp in designated spots. Unlicensed vehicles are allowed on Ophir Pass Road east of the town of Ophir; however, you cannot ride through town. Watch for signs. Snowplows usually clear Ophir Pass in June. Road to Alta Lakes is closed October through May 15.
Ophir 10mi Alta Lakes 4.4
Submitted by Mike
The pass is open and it is clear there were around 12 avalanches that occurred on the pass this year. They had abnormal snow fall this year and some passes are closed still.
The pass is on good shape with only one “challenging” area. There is one tight switchback requiring a K turn for 4 door Jeeps and then there is an area of loose shale along with a steep drop off and there is only room for one vehicle with no pull-offs. I wouldn’t call them challenging as it is more common sense than anything. Uphill drivers have right of way… some people don’t seem to understand or know that. The views are absolutely amazing. No need to air down but we did disconnect for some ride comfort.