Black Bear Pass

This trail/OHV Road is in between Ouray and Silverton. It is a 9.2 mile point to point trail. On a dirt bike you can cover the trail in an hour or two. I stop to take lots of photos, so it takes substantially longer. We went in the beginning of July and had to turn around due to snow pack covering the trail. You can connect with another trail near the start of the pass if the top is blocked by snow.

 
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Compared to the other OHV Roads near Ouray and Telluride, this one is a little rockier with some steeper, yet entirely manageable, climbs. There are a lot of wildflowers and excellent views. One thing to note, the switchbacks that go to Bridal Veil Falls are one way only. If you go down them, you can't go back up to the Black Bear Pass Trail. It was recommended in the guide books we had to have a shuttle vehicle in town if you plan to go down them.

An image of the one way switch backs (these didn't make sense in the guide books. Click the image to see the whole thing.

Staging:

There is a large staging area right by the entrance of the pass. If that lot is full, there is one across the street, on your left as you head towards Silverton.

The entrance to the pass. There is a large staging area right next to the beginning of the trail, and across the street.

The entrance to the pass. There is a large staging area right next to the beginning of the trail, and across the street.

Camping Nearby

We camped on Mineral Creek Road. When you hop off 550 onto this road, there will be a large campground on the left. If you continue going one or two miles, you will come across another campground on the right hand side, Anvil Campground. It's right before the bridge.