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Black Bear Pass

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... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2016
Roswell, Georgia
via mobile

If you have a jeep, do Black Bear Pass! The scenery is beautiful and you do not really appreciate... read more

Reviewed 13 October 2016
Colorado C
Pagosa Springs
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Forest Service Road 648, Telluride, CO
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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...More

1  Thank hbrown1025
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!

2  Thank Colorado C
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.

1  Thank gsspirit6
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...More

4  Thank Jason H
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...More

2  Thank Garrett M
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...More

2  Thank tmatthewpierce
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
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
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...More

1  Thank Dennis C
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...More

2  Thank OphirTodd
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