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Black Bear Pass 4x4 Trail, Colorado

One of the most spectacular and terrifying trails in Colorado

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 9.8 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  Incredible views from high above Red Mountain Pass and Telluride. Close-up views of historic mines and dramatic waterfalls. Feel the... more »

Tips:  Not recommended for novice drivers. Travel with at least one other vehicle. Do not drive this trail if any snow or ice is present. Not... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Start of Trail

This trail starts on wide County Road 16, where you can pull over and air down your tires. Much of the trail is easy and moderate terrain. The difficult portion is on the north side of the pass as you start down the switchbacks into Telluride.

2. Easier Left, Harder Right

You can go either way at this fork. Left is the bypass with a few moderate ledges. Right goes up a bigger ledge, but still isn't that difficult for a modified vehicle.

3. Summit of Black Bear Pass

Road curves to right as you drop downhill and is a bit easier for a while. Plenty of room at the top for large groups.

4. One-Way Portion Begins

A sign marks the point of no return. One way from this point down. Unlicensed vehicles should not proceed unless they have transport vehicle at the bottom. I've seen some ATVs get away with riding through Telluride and going back over Imogene Pass, but this is illegal and brings you out in a totally different place.

5. Bridal Veil Falls

One of the most photographed points on this route, you must get a picture of your truck in front of Bridal Veil Falls. If you have time, you can pull forward and take a tour of the pumphouse.