Day 2: With the CJ down (engine noise) and a late start, we all piled into the XJ family bus and headed for Ophir Pass & Telluride. The trailhead is between Ouray and Silverton – west off of highway 550.
The scenery was once again gorgeous, despite the rain. We passed little traffic on the trail, which was a very good thing, as you can see from the photos. A long section of trail shelf winds around a bottomless gulch – at least as it felt that way from the back seat! This was an easy route, but the ledges keep your eyes constantly looking ahead on the trail.
We passed through the town of Ophir and headed over to Telluride. A shop owner told us about the free gondola that heads over the mountain, so we went for a ride and saw more great scenery, a bird’s eye view of the town, and of course, more deer.