This is another one of the easier passes in the area and one that will take you to the Telluride side of the mountains. It was originally a wagon road between the mines in Ophir, Telluride and Silverton.
This road is recommended for four wheel drive, high clearance vehicles. Unlicensed vehicles (OHV’s) are allowed on this road except on the section from Highway 145 through the Town of Ophir.
The ascent is gradual, winding through aspen forests and past beautiful wildflowers, to an elevation of 11,789.
The descending trail is narrow with one sharp switchback just over the pass, followed by an easy road to the bottom.
Beyond Old Ophir is the intersection of CO Hwy 145. Turn right (north) onto 145 and follow the highway to a point where it turns right to Telluride or left to return to Ouray over Hwy 62. If you want to return to Ouray via a four-wheel drive road, your choices are Last Dollar Road or Imogene Pass.