East of Telluride and west of Ouray, the 12 mile route to Black Bear Pass along Black Bear Pass Road (CR K69) is one of the most beautiful in Colorado. It is also one of the most dangerous. The view looks down into the Telluride box canyon. The route climbs to over 13,000 feet.
It is generally traversed from Ouray to Telluride
The western trailhead is at Valley View Parking Area which is just east of Idarodos Pandora Mill Building.
The road from the trailhead heading east to the San Miguel County border is open to unlicensed OHVs as long as the driver has a valid drivers license.
Note: Colorado residents must register their off-highway vehicle with the Colorado State Parks (303) 866-3437. Out-of-state residents who bring OHVs into Colorado must purchase a Colorado Non-Resident OHV permit which is valid from the date of purchase through the following March 31. These permits can be purchased anywhere you get your hunting/fishing licenses in All off-highway vehicles must have an approved muffler and spark arrester. These requirements are subject to change so make sure to contact the Colorado State Parks prior to using your off-highway vehicle.
Note: As of September 2007, ATV riding on Forest Service roads is only allowed on signed, designated routes. Also, the ATV must have a valid Colorado ATV sticker.
Overall, Black Bear Pass is the 58th most popular ATV riding trail of all 90 ATV trails in Colorado.