Last Dollar Road
Originally a mining supply route, the Last Dollar Road is now an intermediate off-road mountain trail connecting Telluride to the Dallas Divide near Ridgway.
- Last Dollar Road Colorado is an easy-going introduction to the four-wheel drive trails near Telluride.
- The road begins near Telluride's airport and ends at the Dallas Divide near Ridgway.
- The trip is 21 miles and should take about 2 hours depending on conditions.
Once upon a time Last Dollar Road was a critical supply route for miners stationed in Telluride. Today, the mountain road offers a good introduction to off-road driving in the San Juans, and only requires four-wheel capability in wet conditions. A safe alternative to the hardcore Black Bear and Imogene four-wheel passes, Last Dollar Road is a scenic and worthwhile trip out of Telluride.
Drive west from Telluride on CO-145. After nearly five miles, turn right on Last Dollar Road (look for signs to the airport). The road zigzags through several glamorous mountain homes before beginning the ascent into the mountains.
The road is 21 miles and takes about two hours to complete.
Last Dollar Road has great views of the Sneffel Ranges and Wilson Peaks. The area is also popular with ATV's and dirt bikes. It is best driven in late September/early October when the Aspens are electric yellow and the wildflowers are out in full force.