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Colorado Scenery - Telluride and Black Bear Pass

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To get to Telluride you exit US 550 at Ridgway onto highway 62, the scenery is awesome! A few miles outside of Ridgway you are on top of Dallas Divide, one of our favorite places to view the mountains. At Placerville you head south on Rt. 145. The roads are paved all the way to Telluride.

When we arrived at Telluride we headed south towards Black Bear pass, we were in our 2 wheel drive Ford Ranger and didn't know how far we could go up the pass. We stopped and took several photos and waited for someone that was heading down, they were in a little foreign car and said the road was "no problem" as far as the base of the falls. Our decision was made, we headed up. Continue on for some awesome photos of our trip that day.

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Chimney Rock
On the way to Telluride, on Dallas Divide looking towards Owl Creek Pass.

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Dallas Divide
Looking south on top of Dallas Divide

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Mt. Sneffels
Close up of Mt. Sneffels

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Black Bear Pass
Looking towards Black Bear Pass. The yellow arrow on the right is the base of the falls, the yellow arrow on the left is as far as we dared to go, this is also where there is an old abandoned mine.

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First Switchbacks
Close up of the descent from the top of Black Bear Pass, this is a one way road (down) that should be attempted only by experienced back country drivers, a short, narrow track 4 wheel drive vehicle is highly recommended as these switchbacks allow no room for error.

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View from Black Bear
Looking at one of the mountains from Black Bear Pass.

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Yule Marble Quarry Area - Garden of the Gods - Monarch and Independence Pass - Telluride Page One - Telluride Page Two - Yankee Boy Basin Page One - Yankee Boy Basin Page Two - Yankee Boy Basin Page Three - Crystal - San Juan Loop - San Juan Loop Page Two - San Juan Loop Page Three - San Juan Loop Page Four - Owl Creek Pass - Slate Road - Rocky Mountain National Park - Rocky Mountain National Park Page Two - Miscellaneous Scenery

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