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Imogene Pass is a 17.5 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Ouray, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and ohv/off road driving and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 17.5 mi Elevation gain 4,734 ft Route type Point to Point

Dog friendly

Scenic driving

Ohv / off road driving

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

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Imogene Pass is the second highest drivable pass in Colorado. The drive is one of the most thrilling in the state. At Savage Basin, you'll pass through Tomboy Townsite, once one of most active mining towns in Colorado. A great deal of mining debris is still scattered about. Most is on private property and is dangerous to explore. The pass is blocked by snow until it is plowed, usually in early July. Unlicensed vehicles are not permitted on lower half of south side and must start trail from Camp Bird Road, where plenty of parking is available. High Point 13,114 ft., Best time to go: Mid July-Sept. Located in Uncompahgre National Forest. For current conditions call Norwood or Ouray Ranger District (970) 327-4261. Do not take this trip lightly. The road is rocky, steep and narrow in places and passing can be dangerous. Stock SUVs should have low-range gearing, 4-wheel drive, high clearance and skid plates. Experienced drivers only.

Although this trip can be driven in either direction, we find it easier starting in Telluride. This allows you to drive downhill on the steeper, rockier north side. Take the first part of the day to reach Telluride via Ophir Pass or difficult Black Bear Pass. See FunTreks eGuides for Ophir Pass and Black Bear Pass for more information. High alpine environment: carry plenty water, food, rain gear and warm clothing.

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Jay Abernathy
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OHV/Off Road DrivingGreat!
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Rubi Soho
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Scenic drivingGreat!

Have lunch in Telluride then wheelin back to Ouray for Beer....

Gene Tewksbury
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Just visited here last week (3rd time). Freaking amazing as the weather was rainy and cloudy. Made for a much different experience than when sunny and clear. Video of Imogene Trail: Check out the video I made from the whole day's venture. Points of interest, 4x4 action and views from the trail: https://youtu.be/wKNBJo9pesE

David Lopez
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HikingRocky

This is a great trail with awe inspiring views! The entire trail is rough and rocky, and took about 5 hours. I got through it with my stock 2016 JKU in 4-low the whole way and I have no off-road experience. Just take it very slowly over the rough spots and you'll be fine. The trail is pretty busy and it's narrow in several places; I had to back up a couple of times to find a spot that was wide enough for another off-roader to pass.

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Ed pearson
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Super fun trail! Did it in a stock 2002 Chevy Silverado with no issues. The trail leaving Ouray was kinda tough but any one with a little 4x4 experience can do it! The shelf sections aren't that narrow and the steep parts are plenty solid.. Absolutely a beautiful place!

Johnathan Bayer
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OHV/Off Road DrivingGreat!Rocky

super simple trail, but a blast nonetheless. highly trafficked, and that really kills the vibe a good bit. gorgeous, endless views. not a hard trail, very few narrow points. really cool ghost towns to explore. rough but not technical

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Dustin Causey
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OHV/Off Road DrivingRocky
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KayLee Parson
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OHV/Off Road DrivingRocky

7/18/2020 4 door Jeep Wrangler 3.5in lift and 35s. From Telluride to Ouray it took about 3.5hr with stops. GORGEOUS VIEWS! This was the hardest trail we’ve ever done and we almost let negative reviews scare us from going, but it really wasn’t that bad! There were a few technical rocky challenges but our rig has zero issues. Some steep narrow areas but keep a lookout for others coming your way and pull off before you need to and you’ll be fine. Wild flowers, creeks, water falls, ghost towns, mining ruins, and mountains as far as the eye can see! Can be driven in either direction with a licensed vehicle.

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Doug H
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Drove from Ouray to Telluride in my 1985 jeep scrambler, 33 in tires with 2.5 lift. 4wd low for most of the pass. No lockers needed. There were a few tricky sections on the Ouray side. My son followed in his 2015 JK. No big issues for either of us. It's truly a spectacular drive.

Richard Robins
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Rocky

17 July 20. climbed it Ouray to Telluride in 07 Chevy Silverado ext cab with 2 in lift and 33 in tires. raining hard as we climbed the last 1000 feet. Truck did all of it. It did push truck to its limits but not beyond. liberally used a spotter over obstacles to get the right lines. most of the climb was in 4WD Low and needed the rear locker twice (definitely needed). About 5 hours with frequent stops. Absolutely stunning views. Definitely amazing experience!!!

Adam Eaton
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OHV/Off Road DrivingRocky

Breathtaking views and very interesting historical artifacts along the route. Very narrow shelf roads in places can become pretty 'white knuckle' on the weekend with two way traffic and the tour trucks (Telluride side) and I am an experienced driver. Recommend going on a week day if you can to avoid this. This is a must do trail. Deducted a star because it would be more enjoyable if it were one-way.

Wendi Thacker
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OHV/Off Road Driving

This was an absolute blast - drove all the way from Telluride to Ouray in beautiful weather. The views are out of this world! Would do it again!

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Mark Quadling
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Hiking

I thoroughly enjoyed this trail. I did the first part from Telluride to Tomboy in my Ford Raptor. The long wheel base and width made some parts a bit dicey and my family at stages wanted to get out. So we turned back after reaching Tomboy and did the trail another day in a rented Wrangler rubicon. That was a lot more fun. The drive from Telluride to Tomboy is not difficult but the road is narrow with not many places to pass. There was one part where the road had been washed away and repaired and was starting to get washed away again right on the bend. The ride from Tomboy to the summit is a lot of fun watching the scenery change and pretty straightforward. At the summit on July 15 we had some snow and sleeting so didn’t get to walk around. The ride down from the summit in the rain on the first part was a bit slippery. Not a problem going down, but probably coming up from Ouray would have been more difficult. It was raining so that did make it worse. There are some ledges and more technically complex areas coming down in Ouray that would be difficult with the wrong vehicle. I was glad to have the wrangler and not my raptor. It is certainly doable in a longer wheelbase vehicle but much more work and not as fun. In my opinion, rent a wrangler and enjoy it rather than working it. We saw a moose with two calves. The scenery on the Ouray side was stunning.

Jason Dioris Martinez
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Scenery is ridiculous! I think this trail is downplayed in reviews. The climb up from Telluride is scary in places but amazing!

Mike Baudino
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We wimped out in this trail. started from Ouray but didn't get very far. was a rough ride with rock ledges in the road. next time...

Ile Ana
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Christopher Dyer
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Beautiful drive, but definitely challenging on the Ouray side. Would not recommend to anyone without 4x4, high clearance, and skid plates.

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John Skinner
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Mountain biking

Awesome!

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Randy Harlin
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Rough rocky trail going up from Tuliride. Steep in places. Worth the trip to view from sumit.

Michael Butler
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Hiking

We rented a jeep in ouray and started with imogene pass first before going on to do yankee boy and part of the alpine loop. Really beautiful, amazing and a great trail I thought for my first off-road outing. Definitely some perilous moments but with some help from my more experienced friend it was a good trip.

Heather Story
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OHV/Off Road Driving

A great ride. Took stock Jeep Grand Cherokee trail hawk. Combined this with Ophir pass. Some real technical parts from Imogene pass back into Ouray. Wore me out mentally but would recommend it to anyone with good high clearance vehicle. Used 4 wheel drive low in many places. Color was changing and was absolutely amazing.

bonnie goff
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Great drive. We were in a Lexus GX with a 2.5” lift and 33’s. Handled it perfect. Slow in some spots, more technical on the Ouray side after the summit. The Telluride side has some nail biting moments. Overall so fun. The colors, flowers and scenery were unbelievable.

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Billy Comeaux
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Wow that was wild.

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Andre Fiorito
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Solid off-road trail. Started in Telluride, made it up to the peak of Imogene Pass. Then continued down where you get dropped off at Ouray. Stock 4x4 2015 Chevy Colorado. Took some areas nice and slow and didn’t have any issues. Highly recommend, cool mining town and gorgeous views! Accidentally closed the app when recording, then forgot to end recording

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Jason Stelzer
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OHV/Off Road DrivingRocky

Beautiful pass. Started in Telluride. Jeep recommended. We have 35” tires with a 2.5 lift and made this trail just fine. Choose your lines carefully. Our dog threw up 3 times, but he gets motion sickness every now and again. It took about 3.5 hours to complete for us.

Carlos Elejalde
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Nice place to drive, high above sea level. The breeze and the smell of the trees omg you will encounter yourself with the nicest trails. Lots of people jeep lovers most of them. Just keep both hands on the wheel and don’t try to over do it on some of the big rocks just take the easy route if you don’t know what you are doing. We drove a stock Jeep made it perfectly.

Lindsay Abeyta
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Beautiful views one of the best. Weather was amazing

Marcus Wehmeyer
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OHV/Off Road DrivingRocky

Trail was in great shape, weather was perfect!

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