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Imogene Pass

Imogene Pass, at an elevation of 3.997m (13,114 ft) above the sea level, is a high mountain pass in the San Juan Mountains in the southwest part of the US state of Colorado. The road is accessible by four wheel drive vehicles, and is not for the novice driver. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado.

Located in Ouray County, the route demands 100% concentration. This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. The speed limit is 15 mph. It crosses a ridge connecting Ouray with Telluride. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with hairpin curves and dangerous dropoffs.
The surface of the road is gravel and rocky. From Ouray, the road turns off the road to Yankee Boy Basin above the Camp Bird Mine near the ghost town of Sneffels southwest of Ouray, and climbs through Imogene Basin to the summit.  From Telluride, the road takes off north of downtown and climbs past the ghost town of Tomboy through Savage Basin to the summit.

Do not take this trip lightly. The road is rocky, steep and narrow in places and passing can be dangerous. Stock SUVs should have low-range gearing, 4-wheel drive, high clearance and skid plates. Experienced drivers only. Drive carefully. It would be pretty easy to accidentally drive off the side, and it would be a fatal mistake. 

This track can get very muddy and slippery after rain making it challenging to get through. During and after a storm the road may be impassable, even with a four-wheel-drive vehicle. This trail passes through remote areas, so you need to be prepared. This route is not suitable for normal cars. If you dare to take the risk and travel along this dusty and bumpy route, then make sure to be driven by someone who has experience of the road. It’s a real challenging road and a true test of your vehicle and your stamina because the road abounds in twists and turns with wheels sometimes hanging above the precipice.
Pic: Clint Mitchell


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