Drive Ophir Pass

Colorado Ophir Pass (West End)

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Explore the remote Old Ophir mining town and the San Juan Mountains via the 4WD-only Forest Road #630, reaching an elevation of 11,814’. 

Ophir Pass (el. 11,114’), officially known as Forest Service Road #630, is one of the easiest of the high alpine trails in the San Juan mountains, but still can provide trouble to the inexperienced or when bad weather is present, particularly on the western/Ophir downhill side. 

The pass and road are typically open only in the summer, and runs between State Highway 145 (near Telluride) and Highway 550 (between Silverton and Ouray). Snow can be present year-round, and afternoon storms are common, so prepare accordingly and take a proper high-clearance 4WD vehicle, or book a tour with a 4WD group like Telluride Outside.

The summit provides access to the Columbine Lakes area, north and South Lookout Peaks, Crystal Lake, in addition to incredible views of Lizard Head, The Ophir Needles, and three fourteeners: Mount Wilson, Wilson Peak, and El Diente.

Ophir Pass is often done in conjunction with either Black Bear Pass or Tomboy-Imogene Pass, as a loop through Telluride and Ophir.

The east side of the pass features numerous pull-offs for camping, with access to mountain biking trails throughout.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • 4WD vehicle with high clearance
  • Food & Water
  • Rain Gear
  • Air Compressor
  • Full size spare
  • Off-road jack
  • Check trail conditions

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Activities:

Chillin, Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Point-to-Point

Distance:

8 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2500 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Groups
Lake
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Love this pass!! I feel like I'm looking straight at a painting.

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