Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Jeep Rollover on Black Bear Pass

The photo above, taken by Deputy Kirkendoll of Colorado's San Miguel County Sheriff's Department and posted to Sheriff Bill Masters' Twitter account, illustrates the care that must be taken when 4wheeling - especially on treacherous trails like this one.  CBS Denver shared the photo with the following comment:
SAN MIGUEL COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) - This jeep was involved in a rollover accident on Black Bear Pass in San Miguel County, the sheriff’s department said.

Sheriff Bill Masters tweeted the photo taken by one of his deputies. No one was injured in the crash. It’s unclear how many times the jeep rolled.

Black Bear Pass is part of Forest Service Road 648, a jeep trail that begins at 11,018 feet at the summit of Red Mountain Pass between Ouray and Silverton. It connects to Telluride.

The pass’ elevation is 12,840, and the road descends via switchbacks above Telluride.
It's amazing that the Wrangler's occupants were not injured.  Had the Jeep's rollover not come to a stop where it did, the precipitous tumble down the cliff surely would have been fatal.  For the experienced driver, Black Bear Pass should be at the very top of your off-road "bucket list."

*** UPDATE 9/24/2014 ***

In-cab video of the rollover has been published to YouTube.  Be advised of the adult language:

*** UPDATE 9/25/2014 ***

Additional photos of the rollover have been published:


  1. I was just in Ouray/Silverton/Telluride, CO last week and Black Bear Pass was closed due to poor trail conditions (e.g. too much rain). However, while in Telluride, we ended up talking with the tow truck driver who recovered this vehicle. He even showed us video of the Jeep's recovery. Crazy stuff. Unfortunately, I'll have to do Black Bear Pass another time, but it is on my bucket list!

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  3. I just rode this a couple days ago. It's definitely challenging in parts and this guy obviously was either not paying attention, or was inexperienced. He never shouldve let his left wheels ride up like that

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