Imogene Pass is a 17.1-mile trail connecting Telluride and Ouray. This trail is rated as moderate and is doable in any high clearance 4x4. The pass reaches a height of 13,114ft which is the second highest driveable pass in Colorado and the highest in the San Juan Mountain region. Along the way you will pass through the old mining town of Tomboy from the 1880s and pass by mining ruins and relics left over from the gold rush days. It is pretty incredible that this place use to be home to year round residents.
While not as exposed as some of the other trails in the area such as Blackbear Pass; Imogene includes beautiful views and a unique archway carved through rock by miners from a long gone era. Like many of the trails in the area Imogene is not a technically difficult drive, but the exposure is ever present consequences for an error would be significant.
If you or your vehicle aren’t up for driving this yourself, Jeep tours are available from outfitters in Ouray, Silverton, and Telluride. There is just nothing like being up in this high mountain passes with their thin crisp air and stunning views (for the passengers).