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Black Bear Pass

Take in the scenery high above Red Mountain Pass and Telluride.

Total Miles

10

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Elevation
12,800'
Duration
2 to 3 Hours
Technical Rating
8 / 10
Best Time
Summer - Fall

As we continue to improve our trail coverage, we'd love to hear what you think and which areas to add next.

Trail Overview
Black Bear Pass
Historic mines and breathtaking waterfalls, including Bridal Veil Falls are just a few of the sights along this mountain trail. You can turn around before you reach the one way, downhill switchbacks. If you're in an unlicensed vehicle, you should take that option or plan to be picked up at the bottom of the trail. Road is closed from October through May 15.
Getting There
Head south from Ouray on U.S. 550 about 13 miles. Turn right on well-marked Black Bear Road just after the summit of Red Mountain Pass, near mile marker 80.
Contact for Current Conditions
Uncompahgre National Forest
Norwood Ranger District
(970) 327-4261