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Jeep Drive On Last Dollar Road

A Scenic 4-Wheel Drive Road Near Telluride In Jay's 1978 Jeep CJ7

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Last Dollar Road

1978 CJ7 Jeep

May 11, 2007 - I visited friends in Telluride and my friend Jay Wilson took me up Last Dollar Road in his 1978 Jeep CJ7.
Jeep Dashboard Lovely bright orange dashboard.

Some of my other jeep and truck adventures:

  • Tincup Pass (Jeep)
  • Chinaman Gulch
  • Truck Photo Gallery
  • 1955 Chevy Truck
  • Last Dollar Road

    Last Dollar Road

    Lost Dollar Road

    Lost Dollar Road

    A few photos of the road as we headed upward from the Telluride side. Last Dollar Road is a very scenic road that, at least during the summer, can be access by most 4-wheel drive vehicles including more modest vehicles like Subaru wagons.

    The area is full of massive aspen groves. I dare say this road might be arguably one of the best areas to photograph fall foliage.

    The last photo is the grand view of Wilson Peak (elevation 14,017 feet) with Sunshine Mountain (alt. 12,930 feet) on the left.

    We planned to reach 58P Road, which leads back down to Sawpit, but upon scouting the road, there were too many patches of snow that would have taken quite awhile to pass. (See snow patch below)

    By the way, I do have other photo galleries dedicated to Telluride:

  • Telluride Gondola
  • Bridal Veil Falls
  • Dallas Divide
  • San Juan Mountains
  • Mount Sneffels Hike
  • Lost Dollar Road 4WD This large stretch of snow with mud on the side was quite a challenge! ;)
    Snow This is the only photo of me. My left foot sunk way down into the snow, which wasn't the most pleasurable experience considering I merely wore sandles with no socks. :p)
    1978 Jeep CJ7 Tire in Snow Jay did his best to drive through the snow, but it was a bit much.
    4-Wheeling Last Dollar Road

    4WD Last Dollar Road

    As you can see in the top photo, the Jeep actually slid horizontally down the slope of the snow. The back right tire was leaning perilously off the edge just a tad. That's when Jay got serious and used the winch which can pull up to 8,000 pounds. Wow!

    Using the winch with the angle from the same side didn't do much, but winching from way across (bottom photo) did the trick! :)

    1978 Jeep CJ7 It took us about an hour to get out of that stretch of snow. We scouted uphill and realized there were many more large snow patches and so we decided to come back down. Jay said he will definitely be back soon, but he will leave much earlier in the day and will be winching through as much as necessary. His Jeep rocks the house!

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    The weather did not really cooperate too much and clouds dominated the landscape. Still, I got some nice photos of the Wilson Peak group.

    Last Dollar Road Telluride


    Near the bottom of Last Dollar Road, there are many sections with great views of the San Juan Mountains.


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