Ophir Pass, Alta Lakes
Fields of wildflowers and mountain vistas at Alta Lakes make this a very popular camping area. There are designated camp sites, so please follow restrictions. You can take unlicensed vehicles on Ophir Pass Road, but you can't ride through town. Ophir Pass is often cleared by snow plows through June. The road to Alta Lakes is closed from October through May 15.
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. This was one of the first towns in Colorado where alternating electrical current was used for power.
Ophir Pass: Head north from Silverton on U.S. 550 about 4.8 miles. Turn left on C.R. 8 near mile marker 75. Alta Lakes: After completing Ophir Pass going east to west, head north on Highway 145 about 2 miles and turn right at sign for Alta Lakes Road.