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Old Jan 18, 2011, 7:08 PM   #1
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This photo (first shot) was taken in the same spot this ad for the 2011 Jeep Grand CHerokee ad was filmed. It is located just outside of Ouray, CO off Highway 550 between Ouray and Telluride. The trail is called Black Bear Pass and is rated as one of the most extreme in Colorado. While technically is not that challenging the narrow shelf road with sheer drops will make you think twice before you head down. We did this trail last year for the first time and we are ready to go back and do it again.

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Note, if you google "The Million Dollar Highway" you can see some wonderful photo's of Highway 550 from Ouray, CO to Silverton, CO. A beautiful drive if you are ever in the area.
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Old Jan 18, 2011, 7:20 PM   #2
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This shot is taken on the way down.
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Old Jan 18, 2011, 9:02 PM   #3
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Great series. I was out that way a couple of years ago. Although we did not have a vehicle that would handle Black Bear Pass, we did a lot of 4 wheeling in that area. It is simply breathtaking.
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Old Jan 18, 2011, 9:14 PM   #4
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I love the colors. #3 does look like a scary drive.
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Old Jan 18, 2011, 11:37 PM   #5
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looks rather like fun! to me, a narrow shelf road is one where you hug the uphill edge of the road as tight as you can, and part of your downhill wheel is still on the edge of the drop! been up one road like that over in Idaho, on the way up to an old silver mining camp just north of Sun Valley. my brother-in-law had an old CJ5 with some fairly wide mudders on it, and about a third of the downhile tires' width was over the edge in a couple of places. if you went over, it was about 300 yards down a 60-degree slope of boulders and tailings. scared the bejeebers outta me at the time, especially since i was on the downhill side in the passenger seat! on the way down, we crawled down a river bed... a lot bumpier, but no cliffs...
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Great adventure, rlewis,

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Nice picks! What a marvelous place. It makes me remember our mountains of Los Andes.
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