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Colorado Trails - Black Bear Pass

Updated: Nov 23, 2021

Black Bear Road or Black Bear Pass, and officially Forest Service Road 648, is a notorious jeep road trail that starts from 11,018-foot summit of Red Mountain Pass on U.S. Highway 550 to Telluride, Colorado. The road crests at Black Bear Pass, elevation 12,840 feet, and descends over a set of infamous switchbacks as it navigates the heights above Telluride. The road passes Bridal Veil Falls, the highest waterfall in Colorado. Black Bear Road was made

famous in 1975 by a spoken-word song and album of the same title by country musician C. W. McCall.