Town of Ophir Outdoor Recreation

The Ophir Valley is a beautiful area for outdoor recreation. While you are recreating in the Town of Ophir please follow our rules and regulations.

Please refer to this Ophir Map for a map of the town's boundaries. 

For information and location of hiking trails around the Town of Ophir and Town of Telluride areas, please refer to this hiking guide

For information on Ophir Pass Road, please refer to this Forest Service webpage. 

The Town of Ophir is nestled within the Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest. Please call the Norwood Ranger District with any questions at 970-327-4261. 

For Forest Service information please refer to this map of the area . 

The Town of Ophir is within San Miguel County in Colorado. Please refer to the county's website for any questions regarding San Miguel County. 

Per the Ophir Land Use Code

Article VII, Open Space Zone District

701. Intent and Purpose. The Open Space Zone is intended to preserve the natural values of undeveloped land for the benefit and enjoyment of the residents of the Town of Ophir. Uses are restricted to non-motorized, minimal impact recreation activities. 

702. Use Permitted By Right. Nature trails for walking, hiking and biking with natural surfaces and not more than twenty-four (24) inches in width. Should be stroller sized. 

703. Prohibited Uses. Developed recreational uses, including but not limited to playfields, campgrounds, courts, permanent buildings, or other similar uses are not allowed in the Open Space Zone District. 

704. Other Uses. All uses not permitted by right in 702. must be approved through the Special Use Permit Process.


The Ophir Valley is open to hiking, biking, snow-shoeing, skiing, and cross country skiing. 

OHV, OSV, and ATV use are not allowed on Town of Ophir Open Space Property, or the Town of Ophir's roads.  If you are using an OHV, OSV, or ATV to utilize the Ophir Pass Road, please plan accordingly and follow our regulations. 

For backcountry skier parking,  please park your vehicle in the 24-hour parking spots across the road from the trash building.