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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.

Length 9.8 mi Elevation gain 1,794 ft Route type Point to Point
Dog friendly Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Ohv / off road driving Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky
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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.

For current conditions call Norwood Ranger District (970) 327-4261.

Wait for traffic to clear before starting across narrow section on west side of pass. Snowplows usually clear the road in June, otherwise the snow could be 20 feet deep at the pass. This trail can be driven in either direction. Our description starts on the Silverton side. Many people combine this route with Imogene Pass Trail to form a loop. Please go slow passing through town of Ophir. Trail conditions can change without notice.

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Urban Miller III
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Off Road Driving

Such an awesome trail! A much less nerve racking option to Black Bear Pass too. Loved this trail.

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Brian Aitken
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Off Road Driving

Did this in a stock 2021 Jeep Wrangler Willys Unlimited in 57 minutes starting in Ophir. Pretty mellow except for the shelf road with lots of loose shale. Had cupcakes over on the Ouray side to celebrate my wife’s birthday.

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John Zoubek
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Off Road Driving

Scary after the summit heading down heading west.

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Brent Parker
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Off Road Driving

I did this Monday 10/5. Not super technical but the pucker factor is way up there.. from the top down the western side there is tons of loose shale and 1k+ foot drop offs.. super freaky. That said, there was a family ahead of me doing it in a Lexus suv.. not too tough but definitely not for those with heights issues.

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Russell Reed
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Off Road DrivingGreat!

We did this at the beginning of September 2020 and it was a ton of fun and held done amazing view! the trail tightens up in spots so pass with care, we generally tried to let the full size (tundras, silverados etc.) folks through since we could tuck in better. If you have some experience, a stock 4x4 will conquer this no problem, if not, find someone that knows the trail to be on the safe side.

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Tasha Carr
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Scenic drivingOff trailRocky

Awesome trail overall! Did it in our stock Chevy Silverado. We traveled Ophir (west) to Million Dollar Hwy (east). Did the trail mid day on Thursday 9/30 and it was light to moderate traffic. The trail allows for passing MOST of the time however, just west of the summit where the shelf rock is I WOULD NOT attempt to pass. You are able to see traffic coming from either direction. Highly recommend waiting and allowing one way traffic at this section. Which brings me to my reason for one star short of a 5-star review... Because the section of shelf rock can be narrow and a tad nerve racking for some only attempt this pass if your confident in your abilities off road. We witnessed a Jeep that just stopped in the middle of this section, paralyzed by fear. Therefore, traffic piled up in each direction. Had it not been for two men on motor bikes to help them and communicate with us we could have sat there much longer than we did. Have fun. Be safe. Enjoy the views!

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Ally Doherty
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Salvatore Raschilla
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Mike O
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Off Road DrivingGreat!

Thrilling. Will have you on the edge of your seat. Stock Jeep with off road tires. Aired down. Would not recommend without 4x4.

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Wayne-Heather Schick
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Terry Riehn
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Off Road DrivingGreat!Off trailRocky

Easier from Ophir (West) to Ouray side (East). After Ophir Pass, the ride along the ledge was moderate but after this , there is a switchback then it is incline all the way to Summit on shales some loose, and it is better to climb then come down the loose rocky path. We had a new 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trial Hawk and made it with no issue but definitely needs 4 x4! Rest of the ride down to Million $ Hwy was smooth and easy. If you don’t care for the rocky ride, you can go up on the Million $ Hwy side and just turn back after the Summit. We enjoyed this drive.

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Christopher Cowan
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Off Road DrivingGreat!

Took the family on this trail, most of them enjoyed it. They got a little nervous on the section just after the pass and the shelf road. The noise the tires makes on the rocks is pretty interesting, sounds like your driving on Legos. The only section that is moderate is just after the pass, take it slow and put your tires on the bigger rocks to avoid scraping or rubbing. There is also a little technical switch back after the pass and larger shale rocks, pick a line and keep it slow and steady. I had zero issues with my 2020 Sahara at stock ride height. I have 33” KO2s that I aired down to 25 psi and I also disconnected my sway bar. After the pass, take a quick peak down the road to see if anyone is coming up. There is a place to pass at the switch back which also gives you a good view of the shelf road. Wait till it’s clear so you won’t have to do any awkward passes on the narrow shelf road. There is also a Jeep Badge of Honor available for this route.

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Alex Betancourt
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Scenic drivingGreat!Rocky

Great trail. Only gets tough when you get within a quarter mile of the peak on both sides. Went in september and was prettt chilly. Air down for a smoother ride. About a 2 hour drive from the Silverton East side

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Daniel Whatcott
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Dejan Zupancic
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Off Road DrivingRocky

Nice drive and some amazing views. Started from the Silverton but had to stop after about 400’ as my stock JGC was too low to handle a ledge on the rocky west section of the road ; although reversing up the hill and making a 20-point 180 turn on a narrow road (with a drop on one side) was quite uncomfortable as well.

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ERIC ECKHOFF
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Off Road DrivingGreat!

Great trail. Ran east to west. Raining and in the clouds. Made it more exciting.

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Kristie Bennett
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Off Road DrivingGreat!Rocky

This trail indeed has some wonderful views. BUT I do NOT recommend taking a stock 2011 Ford Escape through this lol! Coming from Silverton the road is basically a normal lil bumpy dirt road. Then after you hit the summit its down hill nothing but rocks. Pictures don’t really show justice for how rocky it is. If I had an actual 4x4 vehicle with bigger tires I wouldn’t have a problem because I’m a really good driver. But my lil escape was clunking rocks left and right underneath and I got real lucky I didn’t break a muffler or something. FWD stock Ford escape lives to see another day! Also don’t recommend if you are afraid of heights! I loved the adrenaline cliffhanging view but the girlyfriend did not!

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Sebastian Mularski
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Off Road DrivingGreat!

Honestly an amazing trail. Gorgeous scenery and the drive was great! Just a few heads up do not bring anyone that is scared of heights on this trail as there is a very rocky part that is very narrow with a nice cliff to the left. I suggest deflating your tires to avoid a puncture and have more traction in the rocky sections. Decent amount of clearance is needed and some off-road experience. At the top of the pass there’s a nice picture spot with the name of the pass and the elevation. Also a major note that we did not plan. The trail ends near silver stone and if you’re not going back through the pass, you’ll have to make an hour and 40 minute drive back to telluride. It’s a very nice drive just make sure to plan ahead with enough time to make it at the time that you want.

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Shaun Kett
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Off Road Driving

4x4 for sure! Overall not too hard of a drive, the only loose and exposed section is on the west side of the Ophir pass. We were heading from west to east, so climbing up instead of down. Made it in stock Wrangler

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Logan George
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Logan George
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Jenn Knepp
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Vinay Yelluri
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Off Road Driving

was a blast great views, super simple for the most part, mainly mud from Ouray. Did it on a 4runner with 2.5 inch lift and 33inch tires

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Eric Meinecke
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Off Road Driving

This is an awesome road. Loose rock and some steep climbs and descents. We will definitely return!

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Johnathan Bayer
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Off Road DrivingGreat!Rocky

we started from ophir and it was great not difficult at all.

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