Ophir Pass Road is a 9.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Ophir, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 9.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,794 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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Ophir Pass is a convenient and scenic way to get from Silverton to Telluride. Seasonal wildflowers grow thick at higher elevations. Unlicensed vehicles are allowed on Ophir Pass Road east of the town of Ophir; however, you cannot ride through town. Watch for signs. High Point 11,789 ft., Best time to go Late June-Sept. Located in San Juan and Uncompahgre National Forests. For current conditions call Norwood Ranger District (970) 327-4261. Applies to one section of narrow, rocky shelf road on the west side of Ophir Pass. Everything else is easy. Passing an oncoming vehicle along the narrow shelf road west of Ophir Pass can be a little scary for a novice driver.

hiking
snow
9 days ago

Hiked 5.23.20 from the 550 side. Only got about 3 miles in before I hit a wall of snow. Still, a great hike. Killer workout due to the incline. Breathtaking views. Go when weather won’t be an issue.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

ohv/off road driving
rocky
8 months ago

Recommended trail! It may be a bit easier to approach from the Ophir side to climb up the loose rocks instead of controlling your speed down the long decent. Beautiful view at the peak. Most any vehicle with 4x4 can make this pass.

ohv/off road driving
8 months ago

Another fantastic trail, this and Imogene my favorite ones. You enjoy since you star until you are done. This is a ride to enjoy not to run look everywhere we saw animals. We use a stock Jeep

hiking
8 months ago

Pretty road and an awesome view from the pass. Lots of cool hikes off this road too. Make sure you have a tall enough vehicle. Honestly the trail is great until right at the bottom of the pass on the Ophir side. Watched a dual sport get stuck going up the pass and we just barely scraped a couple times around where the bike got trapped. Definitely a nice short route between Ophir/telluride and silverton

scenic driving
rocky
8 months ago

We drove this road as a quick way to get from Telluride to Ice Lake trail near Silverton. This road was pretty scary! Drove in a Subaru Crosstrek. Never got stuck, but definitely held our breath a few times. Narrow road with large rocks and steep drop offs.

ohv/off road driving
9 months ago

Short trail. Useful as a shortcut to get back to the area where Black Bear Pass starts after you’ve finished Black Bear in Telluride. Very rocky and narrow climb to the summit. Loose shale rocks.

hiking
9 months ago

Several locals in lifted 4runners got stuck so we turned around about half way from the ophir to telluride path. This is currently an advanced trail.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

Short rock scramble but mostly just casual easy-slight moderate driving. Had a full size pickup in front of us and a Subaru behind. Both looked like they were on stock tires.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
snow
9 months ago

ohv/off road driving
9 months ago

Had driven this in the past with a modified Jeep Liberty with no problems. Brought the stock (with upgraded AT tires) Jeep Patriot with 4wd this time. Drove from west to east, up the shelf road. This felt a bit sketchy, but I actually made it just fine - if you're bringing a front wheel drive based 4x4, I'd advise being an experienced driver. Not sure how the everyday pavement driver would do. As always, the views from the trail are stunning!

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful. Still lots of snow at the summit a week ago.

ohv/off road driving
10 months ago

Amazing views going both directions, loved every second of it.

ohv/off road driving
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
10 months ago

ohv/off road driving
muddy
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

Pass is clear now in late July. You should not even consider attempting this in anything less than a 4x4 with low gear and high clearance; you will get stuck or worse. Provided you have this, it's a solid route with fantastic views up above the treeline. I took a stock 4x4 Jeep Wrangler through on GOOD tires, almost all the way in 4WD low and manual shifting, but I would have been nervous on anything less than that. Points off for the dolts driving touring road motorcycles (!!) who got stuck on the 1.5 mile stretch just below the pass. Stalled traffic in both directions while these 60 year old, out of shape yerks tried to walk their bikes down, fell multiple times, and were WAY out of their element. Respect the mountain, do your homework, and don't overestimate your skills. NOTE: Ascending vehicles have the right of way, by rule.

ohv/off road driving
snow
10 months ago

Well groomed! Cleared all the way through. Very few washouts. Several waterfalls. One steep area but no problems! Gorgeous views. Neat to see avalanched areas from years past. In 4runner trail edition, 285-70-17 aired down to 21 lbs. great fun!

ohv/off road driving
10 months ago

Nice shelf road. Was one of the major trails that was actually open. Took it to telluride

ohv/off road driving
10 months ago

Drove today in my Jeep Renegade Trailhawk and really had no trouble at all even with stock tires. Slow and easy on the shelf. beautiful views!

hiking
10 months ago

great trail, beautiful views. most traffic was heading west, so no trouble on the shelf with passing.

ohv/off road driving
10 months ago

Rated moderate and that is accurate. Beautiful scenery. Narrow shelf road midway but good visibility. Will do again.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
10 months ago

We did this trail on July 4. Beautiful trail! Easily done with a mild high clearance 4wd. The shorter the vehicle, the better, as there’s a short switchback turn in while you 3 point turn to make it around near the top of the Telluride side. Snowfields have been cleared beautifully, as have the avalanche fields. Thanks trail clean up crew!!

ohv/off road driving
10 months ago

Was AMAZING!!

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