Ophir Pass 4wd Trail

San Juan National Forest, Colorado

Elevation Gain239ft
Trailhead Elevation11,449ft
Elevation Min/Max11210/11449ft
Elevation Start/End11449/11449ft

Ophir Pass 4wd Trail

Ophir Pass 4wd Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Juan County, Colorado. It is within San Juan National Forest. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 11,449 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 239 feet. This trail connects with the following: County Road 8.

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Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails, Vol. 1 (FunTreks)
Charles A. Wells
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"Ophir Pass is a convenient and scenic way to get from Silverton to Telluride. Seasonal wildflowers grow thick at higher elevations. Pass through ghost town of Alta on way to great camping, picnicking and fishing in beautiful mountain setting of Alta Lakes. Built in 1891, Ophir Pass was originally a toll road between Silverton and Telluride. The town of Ophir was a supply town for hundreds of mines in the area. Today it is a quaint residential community. Alta was once a bustling mining town serving the Alta-Gold King area from 1877 to 1948 when the mill was destroyed by fire. Over the years, vandals have destroyed many of the remaining buildings. This was one of the first towns where alternating electrical current was used for power. In 1891, electricity was transmitted from the Ames Power Plant on the San Miguel River some distance away. Take insect repellent. ATVs are allowed on Ophir Pass Road east of the town of Ophir. You can not ride unlicensed vehicles through town. ATVs are also allowed on the primary Alta Lakes Road."

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this trail is a great trail. its total 24 miles. many great streams and mountains with alot of old history strewn about the hillsides. however there are a few troublesome spots, which can easily be re routed. so be careful when going by the directions here. get a topo with fs routs on it.

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Trail Information

San Juan National Forest
Nearby City
San Juan National Forest
Uncompahgre National Forest
Local Contacts
Colorado Atlas and Gazetteer; Uncompahgre National Forest map; Trails Illustrated Silverton, Ouray #141
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