At the summit of Ophir Pass, I took a picture of Barbara taking a picture.
From the Red Mountain Mining Area trail, you can see highway 550, the Million Dollar Highway, way below. This trail reaches an elevation of over 12,000 feet, but it's not a pass, just a side road by the highway.
The greenest green I've ever seen!
The Red Mountain Mining Area trail is very easy. Four-wheel drive definitely recommended, but high clearance isn't needed.
In this photo I was looking over at the beginning of Black Bear Pass. It is the squiggly brown line just right of center.
One of the mines on the Red Mountain Mining Area trail.
After spending a little time in Ouray and eating lunch there, we went home over Black Bear Pass.
Looking down on highway 550 again from the other side.
Paul, Barbara and Jay at the Black Bear Pass summit, elevation 12,840 feet.
Of course, we saw several marmots along the way.
Paul next to a lake of melted snow.
Above Ingram Lake.
I'm trying to post different pictures than the ones I took last week when we went over Black Bear, but no trip report is complete without a photo of the steps.