If you have a high clearance vehicle you can take the trek to Ouray, CO over the 13,114 foot pass... but, we recommend not stressing about the drive and taking a jeep tour instead! You'll be sure to get an outstanding history lesson as you climb the pass.
If you are one of the brave ones to do this journey on your own, begin by driving to the top of North Oak Street to Tomboy Road. Drive for 5 miles along Tomboy Road and you'll enter the Town of Tomboy (2,650 foot elevation gain) - an old mining town from the 1880's that used to host 1,000 year-round residences. At 2.1 miles past the Town of Tomboy, you'll reach the saddle of Imogene Pass at 13,114 feet (4,350 foot elevation gain). You can take in the sights and then head back to Telluride or continue down another 10 miles to Ouray, CO. Imogene is the second highest pass in the state of Colorado and is ranked a 4.5 out of 5 in difficulty.
The views are unbelievable and you'll find yourself wondering how people conquer the Imogene Pass Run! The Imogene run is held each year September and has become quite popular. Starting in Ouray and arriving in Telluride this mountainous course is 17.1 miles long and is not for the faint of heart. Records were made in 2017, with the male winner clocking in at 2:13:11 and the first female at 2:49:51!