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Last Dollar Road GPS Map and Directions
Last Dollar Road was on my agenda last Friday and it didn’t disappoint. It’s open, dry, and easily traversable, though there are a few ruts and some tiny stream crossings. I’d hesitate to recommend this road for a 2WD passenger car, but everything else should be okay. The GPS track that follows is by far the best I’ve obtained to date:
I traveled from north to south, though you can easily do it the other way. The road is well-marked and easily-located, about a mile west of Dallas Divide on Colorado Hwy 62. The turnoff is marked as Point A. The road is well-graded and travels up a canyon and comes out atop a mesa. The Last Dollar Ranch (see next photo) is right there.
From there toward Point B, the road is well-graded. Some of the corners are a bit sharp, so watch your speed—that gravel can act as ball bearings! You’ll find this sign at Point B:
I posted earlier about wildflowers along Last Dollar Road—lots! The road from Point B to Point C is a bit rougher and somewhat rutted. You’ll need to cross a couple streams, but these should be no problem for a pickup or 4WD, ATV, or motorcycle dirt bike. You really plunge into the aspens here and this is a spot to mark for your fall color calendar. The rough road ends (or begins, depending on the direction of travel) at Point C, where you’ll see this sign if you’re traveling north:
From Point C to Point D is a well-graded road, winding around big trophy homes. You can bet each of these buildings cost many millions of dollars! At Point D you encounter pavement and you’re very near the Telluride Airport, which you’ll see below you. If you happen to be traveling from south to north, the sign in the picture below tells you where to turn for Last Dollar Road.
From Point D to Point E the road is paved. Point E marks the intersection between Last Dollar Road and CO Hwy 145. If you’re on 145 going into Telluride (or coming out), you’ll see the sign shown below, which is easy to find.
Note: If you’ve traveled from Point A to Point E, at Point E you will want to turn left (east) to go to Telluride. If you want to go over Lizard Head Pass, you will turn RIGHT (west) and then at the very next intersection (not very far), turn left (south) to follow CO Hwy 145 to Ophir Pass, Lizard Head Pass, and beyond.