Ophir Pass

Ophir Pass is a off-road 4WD trail that takes you from the Telluride over to the Million Dollar Highway (Hwy 550) near Silverton, Colorado. The historic town of Ophir is actually home the oldest A/C plant in the US and if you remember from my previous post the 2nd oldest is at the top of Bridal Veil Falls outside of Telluride, Colorado.  The road from Telluride and Ophir over to Silverton was a wagon road between mines. The pass reaches the top at an altitude of 11, 789 feet.

On this day we took the pass it was a very clear day an you could see the valley below formed by the Howard Fork of the San Miguel River.  On the right is the volcanic peaks of Lizard Head and in the distance the 3 Fourteeners, Mt. Wilson, Wilson Peak and El Diente. I need to explore more of the mountain passes near Telluride. The views are spectacular!

Ophir Pass Panorama
Ophir Pass Panorama | Click to Enlarge/Purchase

Capture Notes:

  • Can’t wait until I am standing there at this incredible scene Rick. Terrific landscape.

    • RickLouiePhoto

      Depending on road and weather conditions we may head up a higher pass. Either way we’ll head up for a spectacular view.