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Ophir Pass

Ophir Pass

Beautiful Mountain Pass Above Ophir

Ophir Pass is a convenient and scenic way to get from Silverton to Telluride. Seasonal wildflowers grow thick at higher elevations, and the views of Ophir are beautiful. Most of the pass can be considered easy, but there is a rock shelf on the west side of the pass that is narrow and can be difficult for passing. 

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Please Note: ATV access for Ophir Pass begins 1/4 mile east of the Town of Ophir. There is no staging area at this end of the pass. ATV access on the county road between Hwy 145 and Ophir is prohibited by the county; and, ATV access through Ophir is prohibited by the town.


From Telluride drive south on Hwy. 145 for 8 miles. Turn left onto a dirt road and proceed east through the town of Ophir to the rugged pass road. From Telluride, drive south on Hwy. 145 for 8 miles. Ophir Pass climbs above timberline over a scree field to the 12,789-foot summit. Return via the same route, or continue down to Red Mountain Pass and make a long loop back to town via Ouray.

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