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Imogene Pass, Ouray

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Imogene Pass is a high mountain pass in the San Juan Mountains in the southwest part of the US state of Colorado.
It crosses a ridge connecting Ouray, Colorado with Telluride, Colorado, and is the highest mountain pass in the San Juan Mountains, and the second highest vehicular mountain crossing in Colorado. The road is accessible by four wheel drive vehicles, and is not for the novice driver.
From Ouray, the road turns off the road to Yankee Boy Basin above the Camp Bird Mine near the ghost town of Sneffels southwest of Ouray, and climbs through Imogene Basin to the summit.
From Telluride, the road takes off north of downtown and climbs past the ghost town of Tomboy through Savage Basin to the summit.
The first long distance alternating current power line was constructed over Imogene Pass to carry power from the Telluride area to the Camp Bird Mine.
"Fort Peabody" was constructed in 1904 by a local unit of the Colorado National Guard on top of the pass to prevent union miners from crossing during a labor strike.
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  • Took the ‘Straight Jacket’ on it’s first ‘Rockies’ trip. Went to Imogene Pass, then on up the mountain, up above the tree line. Fantastic views and scenery b  more »
  • This would be my number one pass to drive in the area. The highest pass with great views and historical mining towns along the way. Can go up Telluride side and just turn around and come back down. Th...  more »
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  • Favorite thing to do in telluride!!! You have to go and do the jeep tours that drive up to this! Jeep tours Telluride, ask for "Herb" he was an excellent guide!
  • An experience my family will never forget. Coming from ouray will be more difficult climbing up. Couple sketchy spots with one close to the summit that you have to climb some slippery rocks to get over if you don't have experience. Highly recommed to others

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