Explore the most popular off road driving trails near Telluride with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off road driving
14 days ago

Meh - not worth the time. A couple spots had nice views of the valley below, but nothing spectacular. The road is very rocky and bumpy. After doing this trail I feel quite beaten up even with airing down the tires! I can agree that this trail should not be attempted when raining as there is 8 miles of clay/dirt road that would be very slick when wet. My advice, find another trail.

off road driving
15 days ago

Awesome trail. We went up to the lakes area and explored a bit then headed over to the Gold King Basin trail which wasn't mentioned anywhere. It was totally worth while. The road was rocky and bumpy, but easily done in our 4X4 Tacoma and 4X4 4Runner. Had lunch at the end of the trail and were entertained with several chipmunks and woodchucks nearby. The views were gorgeous.

on Last Dollar Road

off road driving
19 days ago

Great views! Loved all the Aspen trees. Would like to come back when the leaves are changing.

Awesome easy hikes multiple trailheads to explore

off road driving
27 days ago

Pretty quick and easy ride up to the trailhead for Bridal Veils & Blue Lake. The trail is pretty rocky and I don't think a sedan would make it but any higher clearance vehicle would be fine.

hiking
29 days ago

Video of this Hike on YouTube: TrailPerspective
https://youtu.be/hH7bUf3xQ5U

Giving this hike 1 star is REALLY low class. Come on people you are rating a nature trail, not a hotel experience.

Let me correct the 'Trail Divas' below (complaining about lack of shade...really?!) by saying that the scenery on this hike is absolutely gorgeous and this is a great hike if you do not wish to spend the whole day hiking and want to spend part of your day in Telluride.

Going early eliminates some of the crowd (and sun) and the cars driving up, but I didn't expect extreme solitude being so close to town. We did this hike to warm up for some bigger hikes later in our week long trip and this was perfect. This box canyon is absolutely breathtaking and packs almost un-obstructed scenery the entire hike.

off road driving
1 month ago

Pretty intense trail. Was doing great until we hit the steps, scraped the side of the truck a bit. All in all well worth it!

Made this trek in my 2012 Nissan Titan crew cab, pretty much stock with slightly oversized tires

One of the top trails in Colorado

Great trip with great photo ops. Ridgeway to telluride.

off road driving
1 month ago

Drive from Ouray to Telluride. Started out very easy and gradually got to moderate. Lower portion was along a stream. Climbed above tree line and trail continued as moderate. Summit was over 13,000 feet Trail off summit toward Telluride was a bit tricky, very narrow and didn’t want to meet up with anyone climbing. Once down from summit was a easier drive. Abandoned mine was very interesting and a lot to explore. Also portapotties were there. From ruins to Telluride there was a lot of afternoon traffics, again had to watch for places to meet other drivers. Switchbacks on the trail made it more challenging. Drive most of time in high range. High ground clearance was a must.

off road driving
1 month ago

off road driving
1 month ago

Hands down my favorite trail in the area. It is difficult, and you should be an experienced off road driver, but its not completely insane or anything. We did it in a (brand new) stock TRD Pro 4 runner, and I scraped the drivers nerf bar a couple times, but that was the only thing that touched.

The climb up is moderately difficult at most, the only thing i would consider an "obstacle" is the waterfall at the summit, which is a fun little climb, but you can bypass it, we made it up with no contact or wheel spin.

The summit is amazing as it opens up and there is plenty of room for parking, picnicking, etc. The views are absolutely stunning and might be my favorite point in Colorado. (See the photos from my drone in the photo section)

The descent starts out moderate, with a drop off on you left, but the trail is still decently wide (relative term), just pay attention and there won't be any issue.

The steps are a bit tricky to navigate, and you may pull a wheel off the ground depending on your line choice, but the risk of catastrophe is relatively low as long you're paying attention.

The road is very narrow past the steps and is basically a rock shelf at points, with a drop off on your left and a rock wall on the right. Its not terribly challenging, but it may get to the nerves of some, This is where the trail gets its fame as the descent into Telluride starts, the road is narrow, rocky, and shows you a 1000' drop at points, but again, its just your nerves that get to you, its really not super challenging. The switchbacks are tight, but have room for a 3+ point turn depending on how close to the edge you're comfortable getting.

As i said, we did it in a Stock TRD Pro 4 runner, but i never even locked the rear end, just used 4L over the majority of the pass, and mostly for engine braking purposes. Other vehicles seen that day that did the whole trail were an Unlimited Jeep JK (Duh), A Crew Cab Tundra, A GMC Suburban, and another Identical 4 runner to ours. Shorter is definitely better, but anything shorter than a full size crew cab pickup (F-250 etc) with a decent amount of ground clearance will make it, anything longer than a crew cab, short bed, half ton pickup would have hell, and even those will need a bit of lift and 33's or so. Longer vehicles will most likely drag bottom or rocker panels in a few spots, so use that info as you will! Enjoy!

Very scenic trail for off-roading purposes. You occasionally run into a hiker or mountain-biker, but for the most part, it’s all 4x4’s. The views are spectacular throughout the trail but the best views are when you come down the waterfall. To all those wielding a camera and shooting in daylight hours, jump (at your own risk) across the waterfall and get a shot of your vehicles coming down. The switchbacks are technical but not overwhelming. We were in a long bed company truck and successfully maneuvered the turns with little effort.
Happy trails!

We drove to the bottom of the switchbacks which is where you would need 4-wheel drive to continue up. The grade of the trail was good because of all the switchbacks. If you don’t plan on continuing your hike once you get to the top of the falls I would suggest you turn around at the lower view point. There is not anything to see at the top of the falls.

off road driving
2 months ago

I decided to drive to Telluride, Colorado from Purgatory Resort. I found a short cut and found this amazing trail (Black Bear Pass). Of course, I did my research before going. I read some reviews on how technical and dangerous it can be. To be honest, it was fun and not as bad as it looks. As long as you are paying full attention, focused, and staying within your limits you will be ok. My wife was a great spotter to make sure I did not fall off the cliff on those tight switchbacks. This is the most scenic and beautiful off-road trail I have ever been to. It may be short but seems like a lifetime of amazing views. I would highly recommend this trail.

off road driving
2 months ago

This is a sketchy trail. Incredible though. Not a super difficult drive but if you make a mistake in the wrong area it could be your last. I did it in the rain and that added to the sketchiness. The worst part was the steps... just take it slow and you’ll be fine. I would recommend airing down and taking it super slow. A spotter helps but is not a must. Took us about 3 hours. Gorgeous views all over the trail. Did it in a 2017 Tacoma with a 2 inch lift and wrangler duratrac tires.

This “hike” is on a rocky road with cars passing, hardly any shade and is not worth the effort. Either take a 4X4 up to the falls then hike from there to Silver or Blue Lake. Or skip this and go to Bear Creek Falls which is a much more enjoyable hike.

Its a dirt road that leads to the falls. tue Scenery is nothing special and the Falls werent that great. Go and do Bear Creek instead. The falls there are surreal.

Very easy in a stock T4R. Great views!!

This is less a trail and more of walking up a dirt road. Falls are beautiful, but better to drive to the top and then start the hike to Blue Lake.

off road driving
2 months ago

Great views and wide open spaces. Took route from Ridgway to Telluride. Great photo opportunities.

Great easy drive with clear weather! Sceneic views all along the way.

trail running
3 months ago

totally worth the sweat, all that incline and heat are worth it once your in the mist at the base of the falls

off road driving
3 months ago

Amazing Jeep trail with crazy views and crazy narrow roads. Not for the faint of heart!!!! Expect many weather changes along the way, was snowing sleeting at the top in August!!!! Hit rain, sunshine, not sun, and saw lots of wildlife. Took our two teenage boys in a razor and they LOVED it!!!!! We've done this trail twice, second time all the way down to telluride!

camping
3 months ago

Beautiful drive to get to our BLM campsite

off road driving
3 months ago

Easy dirt road trail. Saw a Toyota Prius at the top. Probably wasn’t an easy ride for them but they made it. Beautiful scenery, sucky fishing, and beautiful star view! Worth the trip. Currently on stage 2 fire restrictions by the st. Miguel county but stage 1 by the forest service.

off road driving
3 months ago

Amazing trail. You drive up a fairly rough trail for a long ways, and eventually come across this old mining town at 11,000 feet. I truly enjoyed the journey.

off road driving
3 months ago

Awesome drive. Started from ridgeway and ended in telluride. No trouble for a 4x4 equipped vehicle or 2 wheel fwd with decent clearance. Incredible views..peaceful and never felt like it was unsafe.

4x4 2010 Tacoma 4d

off road driving
3 months ago

Fairly easy going off road as long as you have the clearance. A few tight switchback but nothing crazy hard. You can get right up to the falls! It's one of the must sees in Telluride!

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