From Telluride to SH 62.
- Length: 21 miles
- Driving Time: min. 1 hrs 30 mins
A great alternative to the highway between Ridgway and Telluride, Last Dollar Road is an easy dirt road passable by most 2wd vehicles. CAUTION!: After heavy rains, it can be very muddy and deep ruts can be found long after it’s dried. Much of the road roams through ranchland and old growth apsen groves.
Last Dollar Road has abundant wildflowers through early summer, great fall color and stunning mountain views.
Shortly after starting the route, watch for some old ranch buildings which make a great foreground for Mt Wilson in the distance. At mile 8 there is a nice dispersed camping spot with some great vistas. You will reach the high point, 10,600 ft, around mile 10.3 and there is an overlook of the vermillion cliffs above SH145 and Sawpit at mile 11.5. Shortly after this point, the road enters the aspens and is quite beautiful in the fall. After dropping out of the forest it will wind through open ranchland toward its junction with SH62, two miles west of the Dallas Divide. A few miles before the highway, large fields of sunflowers can be found, in season, with the Mt Sneffels range in the background.