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Address: Forest Service Road 648, Telluride, CO

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Part way up in a subaru

Don't go all the way. You can't do it without a jeep, probably w some modifications. But up until close to the falls base, it's very doable! Pretty drive, great views back into... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2016
Roswell, Georgia
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Roswell, Georgia
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226 reviews
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Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Don't go all the way. You can't do it without a jeep, probably w some modifications. But up until close to the falls base, it's very doable! Pretty drive, great views back into telluride and beyond. One shallow water crossing and switchbacks but not tight or too exposed. We parked when it got too much and hiked the rest of... More 

Thank hbrown1025
Pagosa Springs
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

If you have a jeep, do Black Bear Pass! The scenery is beautiful and you do not really appreciate the mountains unless you get into the heart of mountain!

Thank Colorado C
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 September 2016

This pass is a one way jeep road but a fun hike from town with waterfalls and great views. It takes a while in the summer for the snow to melt so check with locals before riding or driving over it.

Thank gsspirit6
Denver, Colorado
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62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

I did this early season, early in the morning, by myself, in a stock a 4runner; and I pretty much don't recommend doing any of that. Early season can have high snow walls with a deep mud channel, lock those diffs! If you're by yourself around sunrise it might be a while if something happens and you need help. I... More 

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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

My friends and I had been planning the black bear pass for over 1 year. My wife and child were too scared to go with us so they stayed in Ouray and shopped. The black bear pass has the best views I have seen on all the passes. I don't think it is as dangerous as everyone says, but it... More 

Thank Garrett M
Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

If on your own, note that this is a full-on 4wd road with significant exposure, i.e. if you really screw up you could die. Roll your vehicle down several hundred feet of mountainside, that sort of thing. But if you have the vehicle and experience for it, highly recommended. Precarious views, and the driving will grab your attention. I recommend... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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85 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2016

We went on a half day trip from Telluride over Ophir Pass and back over Black Bear Pass with Telluride Outdoors. Our guide, Roger, was great.

Thank MEMDallas
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2016

An awesome trip! Take a guided trip or rent your on jeep, but go no matter what! You will be in awe!

Thank James K
Orchard Park, New York
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83 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

If you take the time to visit Telluride, one of the"must do" things (in the summer) is hike Black Bear Pass. The elevated hike can be done by walking or by a good 4 wheel drive with good clearance -lots of taller rocks to drive over. We walked from the main parking area up to the falls and back which... More 

Thank Dennis C
Ophir, CO
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2016

I've had the opportunity to ride motorcycles over the steep and exposed Black Bear Pass on several occasions, most recently in October of 2015. This is one of the classic, challenging pass rides in the San Juans. It starts out easy enough, climbing rough dirt tracks from Red Mountain Pass (The Million Dollar Highway). There are a couple of loose... More 

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