The Thrill and Danger of Black Bear Pass

At an elevation of nearly 13,000 feet and extending about ten miles, Black Bear Pass holds the status of being one of the most dangerous drives in all of Colorado. Meant solely for thrill-seekers with hefty off-road experience behind them and nerves of steel, it is a road that will test the skills of even the most experienced. The road provides a tiny margin of error and the risk of severe wrecks is extremely high.

Black Bear Pass was made by miners and today it consists of several switchbacks near steep drops carved into the mountains. Adding to the danger is the unlevel road that often slants near the dropoffs as drivers make their way down the mountain. It allows for a single direction of travel and the roads are nail-bitingly narrow even for a Jeep of average size.

Although Black Bear Pass is fraught with danger and isn’t meant for beginners, those brave enough to take it on will find that the views are out of this world. There is also the option of hiking, which may prove to be a safer option than attempting to drive it.

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