Last Dollar Road

Telluride, Colorado (San Miguel County)

Last Updated: 01/15/2019
4.8 /5 ( 4 reviews )
Information
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Status: Impassable
Typically Open: 04/16 - 11/30
Length: 14.06 miles
Highest Elevation: 10689 feet
Duration: About 1 hour 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Telluride
Nearest Town w/ Services: Telluride
Official Road Name: T60. 638
Management Agency: Uncompahgre National Forest
District: Norwood Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Last Dollar Road
Situated just outside of Telluride, Last Dollar Road is a must-drive for anyone visiting this part of Colorado. No other road will give you breathtaking views like this while still maintaining a very mellow profile. This area boasts some of the best and most accessible camping spots around. As the trail climbs higher you will find numerous opportunities to pull off onto small double tracks going into the bush, which all host incredible places to pull in and sleep. The trail gains over 2,500 feet of elevation as it climbs over Last Dollar Pass, which is situated in between Whipple Mountain and Last Dollar Mountain. Both sides of the pass present enough national forest area that one will not get easily bored exploring Last Dollar. It is, in one word, classic.

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Route Information

Technical Rating:
(EASY - MODERATE)

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Waypoints

1. Trail Start (0.00 mi)
Turn right at the split in the road, it will soon turn to dirt. This is the beginning of Last Dollar/T60 Road.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 37.953092, -107.894579
From Telluride: drive west on Highway 145, and turn right onto Last Dollar Road just before the second round-about. Continue up the hill on the paved road until you see a sign for the Telluride Airport, then turn right. This is the beginning of the off road trail. From Ridgeway: drive west on Highway 62, passing mile marker 12. The turn off is approximately 11.3 miles from the edge of Ridgeway. From the highway you will see a sign saying ‘National Forest Access: Last Dollar Road’. After turning onto Last Dollar Road continue driving until you intersect Road 58p (approximately 5 miles). Turn left and this is the beginning of the trail.

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Land Use Issues

Trail Reviews (8)

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Ran this trail in reverse (as compared to this guide), from Ridgway to Telluride. Spotty sprinkles and no issues with the road, even though there is a warning sign regarding "4x4 and good tires" requirement for the road condition when exposed to rain. For our trip, previous weather had, evidently, done a number on the South side of the mountain, between Waypoints 10, 9 & 8. A prior storm had soaked that area. We did not anticipate the soaking on that side and did not make an inspection before moving on. Once we began our descent, heading toward Telluride from the Alder Creek Trailhead parking area (Waypoint 10), we reached a "point of no return." The mud became so slick that there was nothing left to do but to try and navigate the slope, in 4-Low, lockers engaged and 1st gear only. Meeting another vehicle on this slope, under these conditions would be truly problematic. The ruts tossed us left and right, at their whim, as the rear end wanted to fishtail. I made every effort to stay with the crown of the road (as much as there is, of a crown) and avoid the hillside slop. There is nothing on this slope to which you can anchor for self-recovery as it is treeless for a significant stretch. A land anchor or some type of recovery boards would be necessary, should you find yourself buried in the mud on this slope. Other than this section (between Waypoints 10, 9 & 8), our trip over Last Dollar Road was wonderful and presented spectacular views. Warning: As you should with any hiking endeavor, pay attention to the weather and pay attention to the road signs for traveling this road. Any significant rainfall can make portions of this road an extreme hazard. Some literature uses the word "impassable" and I fully believe that would be the case at various times during the monsoon season.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Ran Last Dollar from Telluride towards Ridgway in a stock JKU. We were looking for a more interesting and scenic way back to Ridgway and Last Dollar did not disappoint. The trail was bone dry and in good shape. Some sections of the ascent the road was rutted pretty good. After a heavy rain the road would be extremely muddy. Definitely observe the warning sign and don't run it without 4WD and good tires. The views were amazing the whole way. The wildflowers were in bloom and entire hillsides were covered in purples and yellows. Glad we chose the road less travelled.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Last Dollar Road is open from Hwy 62 down to Telluride. Most of the trail was dry and it was easy to navigate though higher clearance and 4x4 would be recommended. If the area were to get any rain then the road would be much more difficult to travel due to muddy conditions. There's lots of scenic beauty through out the road.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
County announced that Last Dollar is closed as of 12/4.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Great dirt route from Ridgeway to Telluride. Strangely enough, the aspens on the north side are not yet changing much, but on the south side, they are spectacular. Incredible views along this trail! It's super easy and we saw a lot of traffic... everything from Audi sedans to pickup trucks and Jeeps. Great trail for Aspen viewing!

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Trail was dry except at creek crossings made it all the way thru in a 2wd RAV4 had a good time and scared wife at the same time it's her car lol

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Great trail, very easy in good weather for 2WD which I was driving. I suggest going south from Ridgway if you can. It is a spectacular view going down into Telluride.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The trail is now passable.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Wondering how difficult it might be to run this trail with a little snow on the ground?
–Mobile and Monitoring (10/22/2019)
–Ryan Boudreau (10/23/2019)

Writer Information

Ryan Boudreau

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Hi, I'm Ryan! I am a Colorado native and I've been wheeling since I was 16 years old. I grew up with a relentless passion for all things Jeep and off road related, and that passion has never died out. I am a member of the Mile-Hi Jeep Club, Patrol 16 Sasquatch Jeepers and currently own an '06 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited (LJ) nicknamed "Minion". I am a huge supporter of Stay the Trail and Tread Lightly, and have participated and even been in charge of many trail restoration projects. I have been a trail leader several times for events such as All-4-Fun, ColoradoFest, Set Them Free, 14er Fest, and other. I am also the creator of the Unlimited LJ Adventure. My rig is built for extreme offroading, but I love to get my tires dirty on any kind of trail whether it's rock crawling or just scenic high Alpine drives. I've wheeled all over the country including Colorado, Utah, Kansas, the Carolinas, AZ, and California. I love a great adventure, and love even more to share those adventures with others. If you see the "minion" out on the trail, make sure to stop and say hello.
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