SPECIALTY TOUR – 4 hours
Start times: 7:30 am and 1 pm
$125 per person (2-person minimum)
High Point Elevation 12,840 ft.
Black Bear Pass Road ascends from US Hwy 550 at Red Mountain Pass, then winds up past waterfalls and wildflowers and historic mine sites to Black Bear Pass, cresting at 12,840 feet. At the summit, view Colorado’s second-highest waterfall, Bridal Veil Falls and the historic power plant, which still provides 25% of Telluride’s electricity. From here the road descends over the infamous ‘Stair Steps’—tight rocky switchbacks that propel you into Telluride. After the gentle ascent to the pass, the ‘Steps’ are an exciting, hold-your hat, stomach-lurching ride! Return to Ouray via Highway 62, up and over the scenic Dallas Divide, through Ridgway, along the river past farms with yas and highland cattle, then back to Colorado West Jeeps.
Box lunch available for $12.95 on specialty tours over 5 hours.
More about Black Bear Pass.
View a video of Black Bear Stairstep descent into Telluride. (And see why rental Jeeps are prohibited from this trail!)