Ophir Pass

4.8/5 (83 reviews)
Ophir, Colorado (San Miguel County)
Last Updated: 09/22/2022
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Highlights

Climbing to 11,789 feet and passing through both the Uncompahgre National Forest and the San Juan National Forest, Ophir Pass is a spectacular mountain pass that offers alpine views of the upper Ophir Valley and neighboring peaks. This pass has been traversed for hundreds of years for many different reasons. The pass was originally used by the Navajo natives on hunting trips between the San Miguel and Animas Valleys. In 1878, the tiny mining town of Ophir was established, and by 1881 the new Ophir Pass Toll Road began to carry goods between early mountain settlements. The arrival of the railroad decreased the use of the pass in the early 1890s, and the road became a rarely used wagon road. Finally, in 1953, the modern Ophir Pass that we know today was first opened to Jeeps and other off-road vehicles. While the shelf roads may test your fortitude, the views off of this iconic trail are well worth an afternoon. For Jeep owners, this road is 1 of 6 trails in Colorado recognized as a Badge of Honor Trail. Don't forget to use the Badge of Honor app to check in and get a special badge showing trail completion.

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Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (84 reviews)
This trail guide's difficulty was changed on 09/22/2022
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/10/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Very scenic and easy trail, that I used as a shortcut to Silverton from my campsite at Alto Lakes. I highly recommend this trail.
Trail Review: Ophir Pass - Terry More
Trail Review: Ophir Pass - Terry More
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/07/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Nice easy trail. Incredible views. Going up on ledge to the pass from Telluride was fun as a passenger for a change (not for the faint of heart). Great weather. Ran last dollar before this and red mountain mine after. Awesome day.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/05/2022

Great trail! Awesome views! I did this in my stock beat up Jeep Liberty on street tires… the shelf road area was tough on the little Jeep but the skid plates held up Hahah! I would not take a Subaru on this one for sure. With a little trial etiquette the shelf road is doable with some pull outs here and there. For sure an easy pass compared to most of the trials in the area.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/28/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Finally drove the full length of this east to west. Overall a scenic and easy drive. I think it took like 20 minutes to get to the summit on the east side, and the west side went quick too. No passing on the shelf section so look ahead before continuing up or down it. If you look down while driving the shelf you'll see the old car of someone that apparently went for a rough ride down the moutain.

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