Last Dollar Road

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4.6/5 (35 reviews)
Telluride, Colorado (San Miguel County)
Last Updated: 12/05/2023
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Situated just outside 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 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. Situated between Whipple Mountain and Last Dollar Mountain, the trail gains over 2,500 feet of elevation as it climbs over Last Dollar Pass. Both sides of the pass present enough national forest area that one will not get easily bored exploring Last Dollar. It is, in a word, classic.

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4.6/5 (36)
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Visited: 11/30/2023

Trail is now official under seasonal closure.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/14/2023

This is a beautiful drive and our favorite way to get from Telluride to Ouray. :) The Fall colors were still beautiful even this late in the season. There was one section that was icy but the rest was an easy drive,
Trail Review: Last Dollar Road - Julie heyer
Trail Review: Last Dollar Road - Julie heyer
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Visited: 10/07/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We visited Ouray last week with some friends who wanted to get off the pavement in their late model AWD Nissan Rogue so had to let Imogene go and chose Last Dollar Road instead. Despite some significant ruts and descent on the way from Ridgeway to Telluride, they made it just fine as I chose the lines and had them follow. So can attest that the rating of 3 is good for moderate clearance, stock AWD vehicles. Amazing views of the fall colors, open vistas, and San Juans in the distance. I would not want to be on this trail in any vehicle if the weather was wet as the packed dirt looked like the perfect consistency for super snotty mud when wet; on some of the steep inclines it would be terrible. All-in-all it was a fun and satisfying trail, and a nice option to get to Telluride from Ouray if you aren't going to do Imogene and want to get off the pavement.
Trail Review: Last Dollar Road - Chad Fahlenkamp
Trail Review: Last Dollar Road - Chad Fahlenkamp
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 10/01/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We ran this trail from Telluride. The views above Telluride were awesome. There was fresh snow on the peaks and the fall colors were absolutely beautiful. In several areas we drove through a tunnel of yellow and gold leaves overhead. Light rain made the trail slick and muddy. There were several regular cars and vans trying to drive the trail. A van was stuck in a muddy ditch.
Trail Review: Last Dollar Road - Roger P.
Trail Review: Last Dollar Road - Roger P.
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/23/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Hoped to find fall colors with all the aspens, but there just weren't any yet. Probably by next weekend things will have changed. The road is as described, rocky, rutted, some mud holes, but it was a fun ride just the same.

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