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Imogene Pass, Colorado

Ouray/San Miguel Counties

Imogene Pass is an exciting trail that goes between Telluride and Ouray Colorado. I have only driven it one way, between Telluride and Ouray. I have always used it to return to Ouray after driving over Black Bear Pass. You leave Telluride and begin climbing up the mountain towards the top. Along the way, you will pass the famous Tomboy mine remains. The Tomboy was a gold mine that began producing in 1894. The mine was done by 1928 although some small scale work continued to 1978. Once you reach the top of the mountain, you will be at 13,114 feet above sea level. This road is Colorado's 2nd highest  pass for motorized transportation, and the highest in the San Juan Range. The road down to Ouray is very steep for the first few miles. The road eventually joins the Yankee Boy Basin road and heads down further to Ouray. There are many things to see on the Ouray side with the biggest attraction being the famous Camp Bird Mine. The mine first received electricity from Telluride with the power lines coming over the mountain. The trail is usually very good but 4 wheel drive is recommended. Bring a camera and be prepared to be amazed at the view from the top and all the natural waterfalls you will come across during your trek. 

Imogene Pass