Ophir Pass, Alta Lakes

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Location Telluride, CO
Rating Moderate,
Length 14.4mi
Time 3hrs

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Beautiful high-mountain pass between Silverton and Telluride.

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, picnicking and fishing in a beautiful mountain setting. Unlicensed vehicles are allowed on Ophir Pass Road east of the town of Ophir; however, you cannot ride through town. Watch for signs.


Trail Ratings Defined

Applies to one section of narrow, rocky shelf road on the west side of Ophir Pass. Everything else is easy, including all of Alta Lakes Road. Passing an oncoming vehicle along the narrow shelf road west of Ophir Pass can be a little scary for a novice driver. Wait for traffic to clear before starting across. Snowplows usually clear the road in June.




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Bob Walters says

I first drove this in my Isuzu Rodeo about 20 years ago. Last week I drove it in RAV4 and found it to be more challenging than I remember. I don't have an exaggerated fear of heights and never worried about my personal safety, BUT I was concerned about my rental car. Good thing there was no tracking beacon on it. Anyway, this trail poses no problems for those with a "real" 4x4; but for those with a basic crossover, I think the trail is a bit more difficult/worrisome than the authors indicate (I LOVE their book by the way).
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