Imogene Pass / Tomboy, Colorado

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Imogene Pass / Tomboy

The Imogene Pass Road connects Ouray, Colorado and Telluride, Colorado. The second highest road pass in Colorado, the summit at Imogene Pass reaches an altitude of 13,180 feet. As you travel along this road, you will see fantastic views of Telluride and on a clear day, you can see all the way to Utah, which is ninety miles away. In addition, just below Imogene Pass, you can explore the remnants of the old mining town of Tomboy.

The ghost town of Tomboy, Colorado was once the home to hundreds of miners year round. Today, you can explore what remains of this once thriving mining community by driving up and over Imogene Pass.

Tomboy became a ghost town in 1927 when the ore at the Tomboy mine ran out . The site is only accessible a few months out of the year. The Imogene pass road is rated a 4/5 out of 5 as far as four wheel driving difficulty and danger and is also the second highest pass in Colorado. Do not attempt this road if you are not experienced in off-road driving. This road is not for the faint of heart or inexperienced drivers. The road and the pass are only open about two months out of the year – during the summer.

If you would rather not try to drive this trip yourself, you can take a guided jeep tour from Telluride or Ouray. The trip to Tomboy also offers great views of Bridal Veil Falls.

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