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The Tomboy Road, also known as Imogene Pass Road, which can be accessed directly from Oak Street at the northern edge of town, leads to one of the country’s most interesting mining districts. The area went down in history in 1901, when the Western Federation of Miners organized a strike to protest the horrific working conditions. The state militia was eventually called in, but the miners won a wage increase. The ruins of the Smuggler-Union and Tomboy mines are all that remain of those turbulent times. The road has fabulous views of Bridal Veil Falls and Ingram Falls. After about 7 miles, it crests over 13,114-foot-high Imogene Pass, the highest pass road in the San Juans. If you continue down the other side, you end up in Yankee Boy Basin, near Ouray.
Dave's Mountain Tours. In summer, this outfit conducts tours to the Tomboy Mine site, Imogene Pass, and other historic and scenic areas. It also runs snowmobile tours in winter. Telluride, CO. 970/728–9749. www.telluridetours.com.