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Defy Death On These Silverton Colorado ATV Trails

Silverton has some of the most beautiful high mountain OHV routes in the US.

It’s tough to beat climbing high above the timber line on a road hanging off the side of a mountain, white knuckling it to the top to finally be rewarded with unsurpassed mountain views in all directions.

These are some of our favorite Silverton Colorado ATV Trails.

Silverton Colorado ATV Trails trail challenges

Silverton Colorado ATV Trails

Imogene Pass

Silverton Colorado ATV Trails - sign at the top of Imogene Pass
Elevation sign at the top of Imogene Pass
  • Total Trail Miles: 18 miles (one way)
  • Drive Time: 3 1/2 – 4 hours
  • Location: Telluride / Ouray CO
  • Skill Level: Difficult
  • Usage: Heavy
  • Open: July – October (depending on snow)
  • Vehicles Allowed: Motorcycles, ATV, SxS, UTV, full sized
Silverton Colorado ATV Trails - panorama view of Imogene OHV route
Panorama of Imogene Pass Scott Dingle | Flickr
Silverton Colorado ATV Trails - speed limit sign on Imogene Pass ATV trail
No speeding on Imogene Pass! markdvk | Flickr
Silverton Colorado ATV Trails - 4x4 on Imogene Pass
Hanging out on Imogene Road underactive | Flickr
Silverton Colorado ATV Trails - shelf road on Imogene Pass OHV road
Vehicles driving along a shelf road on Imogen Pass Durango_Dave | Flickr
Silverton Colorado ATV Trails - Jeep at the top of Imogene Pass
At the top of Imogene Pass

Detailed Write Up

Silverton Colorado ATV Trails - Imogene Pass detailed write up

Imogene Pass –

OHV Route From Telluride To Ouray Colorado


Yankee Boy Basin

Silverton Colorado ATV Trails - View of Yankee Boy Basin
Yankee Boy Basin Brendan Bombaci | Flickr
  • Total Trail Miles: 18.6 miles (9.3 miles out and back)
  • Drive Time: 4-5 hours
  • Location: Ouray CO
  • Skill Level: Difficult
  • Usage: Heavy
  • Season: Road open May 1 to Nov. 11. The upper portion doesn’t fully open until the snow clears and is blocked with a gate
  • Vehicles Allowed: Motorcycles, ATV, SxS, UTV, full sized 
Silverton Colorado ATV Trails - Along the Yankee Boy Basin Rd.
Lovely Fall foliage in Yankee Boy Basin
Silverton Colorado ATV Trails - View of Twin Peaks from Yankee Boy Basin Road
Yankee Boy Basin waterfall with view of Twin Peaks
Silverton Colorado ATV Trails = Yankee Boy Basin Road Sign
Sign at the start “Recommended High Clearance Four Wheel Drive Short Wheel Base”
Silverton Colorado ATV Trails - ATVs on Yankee Boy Basin Road
ATVs on Yankee Boy Basin Rd. readontheroad | Flickr
Silverton Colorado ATV Trails - Yankee Boy Basin
Dual sport in Yankee Boy Basin markdvk | Flickr

Black Bear Pass

Silverton Colorado ATV Trails - Portion of the Black Bear Pass
Portion of the Black Bear Pass
  • Total Trail Miles: 8.5 miles (one way)
  • Drive Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Silverton CO
  • Skill Level: Difficult
  • Usage: Heavy
  • Season: Late July – fall
  • Vehicles Allowed: Motorcycles, ATV, SxS, UTV, full sized. Short wheel base recommended
  • Notes: Must be run east to west – switchbacks on Telluride side are one way
Silverton Colorado ATV Trails - 2 OHVs on Black Bear Pass
OHVs on Black Bear Pass. You can see Bridal View Falls in the distance Brendan Bombaci | Flickr
Silverton Colorado ATV Trails - elevation sign at the top of Black Bear Pass
Moody day at the top of Black Bear Pass Kate | Flickr
Silverton Colorado ATV Trails - View from Black Bear Pass looking down on Bridal Veil Falls
View from Black Bear Pass looking down on Bridal Veil Falls and its hydroelectric power plant
Silverton Colorado ATV Trails - Black Bear Pass switchbacks heading down to Telluride
Switchback portion of the trail heading down into Telluride. Look at that tight turn! markdvk | Flickr
Silverton Colorado ATV Trails - Black Bear Pass on the Ouray CO side
Early morning start on the approach to Black Bear Pass from the Ouray side. markdvk | Flickr

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Featured image Durango_Dave | Flickr

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