From Telluride drive south on Hwy. 145 for 8 miles. Turn left onto a dirt road and proceed east through the town of Ophir to the rugged pass road. Moderate to Difficult Biking - Spectacular Ophir Pass is six miles one way from Hwy. 145 to top of the pass with a 2,480-foot elevation gain. From Telluride, drive south on Hwy. 145 for 8 miles. Turn left onto a dirt road (watch for post office sign) and proceed through "old" Ophir to the pass road. Ophir Pass climbs above timberline over a scree field to the 12,789-foot summit. Return via the same route, or continue down to Red Mountain Pass and make a long loop back to town via Ouray.
Please Note: ATV access for Ophir Pass begins 1/4 mile east of the Town of Ophir. There is no staging area at this end of the pass. ATV access on the county road between Hwy 145 and Ophir is prohibited by the county; and, ATV access through Ophir is prohibited by town.