To experience the unique feel of off-roading, there aren’t many places in the country that reach the heights of Ouray, Colorado which has rightfully earned its title of “Jeeping Capitol of the World”. The trails encompass over 400 miles, and if you’re planning a trip to Telluride there are several methods of getting there that don’t involve hopping on the highway.
While the highway remains the fastest means of transportation, there are picturesque trails you can use to reach Telluride, starting with Black Bear Pass. Although it’s quick in terms of the number of miles, it’s incredibly scenic yet intended only for those with lots of experience. More than ten miles of narrow turns and sharp twists comprise Black Bear Pass and its notoriety is so high, many rental companies refuse to allow vehicles to travel through it.
Imogene isn’t quite on the same level of risk as Black Bear Pass, but the scenery is just as spectacular. In fact, it’s arguably the second most popular trail in the area, featuring a breathtaking summit of 13,100 feet. For something better suited to novices, you could try Ophir Pass which has a lower summit but includes the lovely scenery, including waterfalls and a lake nestled in the mountains. The trail will lead you all the way to the small town of Ophir which is just a few miles away from Telluride.
This update is provided by Ouray Mountain Adventures, Incorporated. Our Ouray Jeep trails allow you to explore the Rocky Mountains and we offer full or half day reservations. For more information on our Ouray Jeep rental rates and options including available vehicles, rates, and rental policies, call 970.919.1005 or 888.919.3256. You can also visit us at 125 3rd Avenue, Ouray, Colorado 81427.