List of mountain passes in Colorado

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The following tables list some important mountain passes in the Rocky Mountains of the U.S. state of Colorado.

Passes and summits traversed by improved roads[edit]

Pass Elevation Grade Surface Route
Trail Ridge Road[1] 700412183000000000012,183 feet (3,713 m) 5.4% WB Asphalt US 34
Cottonwood Pass[2] 700412126000000000012,126 feet (3,696 m)[3] Unpaved (west side), asphalt (east side)
Independence Pass[2] 700412095000000000012,095 feet (3,687 m)[3] 6.0% Asphalt SH 82
Cumberland Pass 700412015000000000012,015 feet (3,662 m)[3] Unpaved
Loveland Pass[2] 700411990000000000011,990 feet (3,650 m)[3] 6.0% Asphalt US 6
Iceberg Pass 700411827000000000011,827 feet (3,605 m)[4] Asphalt US 34 (Trail Ridge Road)
Fall River Pass 700411796000000000011,796 feet (3,595 m)[3] Asphalt US 34 (Trail Ridge Road)
Guanella Pass 700411669000000000011,669 feet (3,557 m)[4] Unpaved (south side), asphalt (north side)
Hoosier Pass[2] 700411542000000000011,542 feet (3,518 m)[3] 8.0% NB Asphalt SH 9
Boreas Pass[2] 700411482000000000011,482 feet (3,500 m)[3] Unpaved
Old Monarch Pass[2] 700411375000000000011,375 feet (3,467 m)[3] Unpaved former US 50
Slumgullion Summit 700411530000000000011,530 feet (3,510 m)[3] 9.4% NB
7.9% SB
Asphalt SH 149
Fremont Pass[2] 700411318000000000011,318 feet (3,450 m)[3] 5.7% Asphalt SH 91
Berthoud Pass[2] 700411307000000000011,307 feet (3,446 m)[3] 6.1% NB
6.0% SB
Asphalt US 40
Monarch Pass[2] 700411312000000000011,312 feet (3,448 m)[3] 6.4% Asphalt US 50
Cordova Pass 700411248000000000011,248 feet (3,428 m)[4] Unpaved
Eisenhower Tunnel[5] 700411158000000000011,158 feet (3,401 m)[3] 7.0% EB Concrete I-70

Juniper Pass State Highway 103.

700411140000000000011,140 feet (3,400 m) Asphalt SH 103
Shrine Pass 700411089000000000011,089 feet (3,380 m)[4] Unpaved former SH 293
Red Mountain Pass 700411018000000000011,018 feet (3,358 m)[3] 7.2% Asphalt US 550
Molas Pass 700410910000000000010,910 feet (3,330 m)[3] 7.0% Asphalt US 550
Spring Creek Pass[2] 700410898000000000010,898 feet (3,322 m)[3] 7.5% Asphalt SH 149
Marshall Pass[2] 700410842000000000010,842 feet (3,305 m)[3] Unpaved
Wolf Creek Pass[2] 700410850000000000010,850 feet (3,310 m)[3] 6.5% Asphalt US 160
Grand Mesa Summit[6] 700410839000000000010,839 feet (3,304 m)[3] 6.4% NB Asphalt SH 65
Milner Pass[1][2] 700410759000000000010,759 feet (3,279 m)[3] 5.4% WB Asphalt US 34 (Trail Ridge Road)
Vail Pass 700410662000000000010,662 feet (3,250 m)[3] 7.0% Asphalt I-70
Coal Bank Pass 700410640000000000010,640 feet (3,240 m)[3] 6.5% NB Asphalt US 550
Tennessee Pass 700410424000000000010,424 feet (3,177 m)[3] 6.0% Asphalt US 24
Ripple Creek Pass 700410343000000000010,343 feet (3,153 m)[4] Unpaved former SH 132
Buffalo Pass[2] 700410300000000000010,300 feet (3,100 m)[4] Unpaved
Cameron Pass 700410276000000000010,276 feet (3,132 m)[3] 3.8% EB
3.1% WB
Asphalt SH 14
La Manga Pass 700410230000000000010,230 feet (3,120 m)[3] 5.2% Asphalt SH 17
Lizard Head Pass 700410222000000000010,222 feet (3,116 m)[3] 4.1% Asphalt SH 145
North Cochetopa Pass[2] 700410135000000000010,135 feet (3,089 m)[3] 6.0% Asphalt SH 114
Ohio Pass 700410080000000000010,080 feet (3,070 m) Unpaved Ohio Creek Road (former SH 341)
Red Hill Pass 700410051000000000010,051 feet (3,064 m)[4] 6.0% Asphalt US 285
Cochetopa Pass[2] 700410032000000000010,032 feet (3,058 m)[3] Unpaved former SH 114
Cumbres Pass 700410022000000000010,022 feet (3,055 m)[3] 6.3% Asphalt SH 17
Kebler Pass 700410007000000000010,007 feet (3,050 m)[3] Unpaved (both sides), asphalt (over the pass) former SH 135
Kenosha Pass 700410000000000000010,000 feet (3,000 m)[3] 5.3% EB Asphalt US 285
Cucharas Pass 70039941000000000009,941 feet (3,030 m)[4] 5.9% NB
5.4% SB
Asphalt SH 12
Dunckley Pass 70039763000000000009,763 feet (2,976 m)[4] Unpaved former SH 132
Willow Creek Pass[2] 70039621000000000009,621 feet (2,932 m)[4] 6.3% Asphalt SH 125
Old Rabbit Ears Pass[2] 70039573000000000009,573 feet (2,918 m)[4] Asphalt former US 40
Gore Pass 70039524000000000009,524 feet (2,903 m)[3] 6.3% Asphalt SH 134
Wilkerson Pass 70039507000000000009,507 feet (2,898 m)[3] 5.8% Asphalt US 24
Currant Creek Pass 70039482000000000009,482 feet (2,890 m) Asphalt SH 9
Rabbit Ears Pass[2] 70039426000000000009,426 feet (2,873 m)[3] 6.8% Asphalt US 40
North La Veta Pass 70039413000000000009,413 feet (2,869 m)[3] 6.0% Asphalt US 160
Pass Creek Pass 70039400000000000009,400 feet (2,900 m) Unpaved former SH 305
Old La Veta Pass 70039380000000000009,380 feet (2,860 m)[4] Unpaved former US 160
Trout Creek Pass 70039346000000000009,346 feet (2,849 m)[3] 5.2% Asphalt US 24 / US 285
Battle Mountain Summit[verification needed] 70039267000000000009,267 feet (2,825 m) Asphalt US 24
Ute Pass 70039165000000000009,165 feet (2,793 m)[3] 5.6% Asphalt US 24
Wind River Pass 70039130000000000009,130 feet (2,780 m)[4] Asphalt SH 7
Black Mesa Summit[verification needed] 70039121000000000009,121 feet (2,780 m) Asphalt SH 92
Hardscrabble Pass 70039085000000000009,085 feet (2,769 m) Asphalt SH 96
Poncha Pass 70039010000000000009,010 feet (2,750 m)[3] 2.9% Asphalt US 285
Dallas Divide 70038970000000000008,970 feet (2,730 m) 6.4% EB
5.0% WB
Asphalt SH 62
McClure Pass 70038755000000000008,755 feet (2,669 m)[3] 8.0% Asphalt SH 133
Muddy Pass[2] 70038710000000000008,710 feet (2,650 m)[4] 5.6% Asphalt US 40
Wondervu Hill[verification needed] 70038660000000000008,660 feet (2,640 m) Asphalt SH 72
Baxter Pass 70038400000000000008,400 feet (2,600 m)[4] Unpaved
Gunsight Pass 70038332000000000008,332 feet (2,540 m)[4] Unpaved former SH 289
Douglas Pass 70038268000000000008,268 feet (2,520 m) 7.0% Asphalt SH 139
Cerro Summit 70037958000000000007,958 feet (2,426 m) Asphalt US 50
Raton Pass[7] 70037830000000000007,830 feet (2,390 m)[3] Asphalt I-25
Yellowjacket Pass 70037783000000000007,783 feet (2,372 m) Asphalt US 160
Golden Gate Pass 70037754000000000007,754 feet (2,363 m)[4] Asphalt Golden Gate Canyon Road (former SH 58)
Monument Hill 70037352000000000007,352 feet (2,241 m)[3] Asphalt I-25
Unaweep Divide 70037048000000000007,048 feet (2,148 m)[3] Asphalt SH 141
Gypsum Gap 70036100000000000006,100 feet (1,900 m) Asphalt SH 141

Dead-end summits[edit]

Name Elevation Grade Surface
Mount Evans Scenic Byway (SH 5)[8] 700414160000000000014,160 feet (4,320 m) 15% Asphalt
Pikes Peak Highway[9] 700414115000000000014,115 feet (4,302 m) 8% Asphalt

Passes traversed by unimproved roads[edit]

Weston Pass and the southern Mosquito Range
Pass Elevation
Argentine Pass[2] 700413207000000000013,207 feet (4,025 m)[4]
Mosquito Pass 700413186000000000013,186 feet (4,019 m)[4] former SH 300
Imogene Pass 700413117000000000013,117 feet (3,998 m)
California Pass[10] 700412960000000000012,960 feet (3,950 m)
Black Bear Pass 700412840000000000012,840 feet (3,910 m)
Engineer Pass[11][12] 700412800000000000012,800 feet (3,900 m)
Hurricane Pass [13] 700412730000000000012,730 feet (3,880 m)
Pearl Pass 700412713000000000012,713 feet (3,875 m)
Stony Pass[14] 700412650000000000012,650 feet (3,860 m)
Cinnamon Pass[11][15] 700412640000000000012,640 feet (3,850 m)
Hancock Pass 700412208000000000012,208 feet (3,721 m)
Webster Pass[2] 700412140000000000012,140 feet (3,700 m)
Hagerman Pass[2] 700411925000000000011,925 feet (3,635 m)[4] former SH 104 (through the Carlton Tunnel)
Weston Pass 700411921000000000011,921 feet (3,634 m)
Ophir Pass 700411789000000000011,789 feet (3,593 m)
Ptarmigan Pass 700411777000000000011,777 feet (3,590 m)
Rollins Pass[2] 700411660000000000011,660 feet (3,550 m)[3] former SH 138
Georgia Pass 700411585000000000011,585 feet (3,531 m)
Schofield Pass 700410707000000000010,707 feet (3,263 m)[3] former SH 327
Hayden Pass 700410712000000000010,712 feet (3,265 m)
Medano Pass 70039931000000000009,931 feet (3,027 m)
Squaw Pass 70039790000000000009,790 feet (2,980 m)[4] located just south of SH 103
Sangre de Cristo Pass 70039472000000000009,472 feet (2,887 m)

Passes traversed by foot trails[edit]

Pass Elevation
Electric Pass 700413494000000000013,494 feet (4,113 m)
Elkhead Pass 700413245000000000013,245 feet (4,037 m)
The Keyhole 700413163000000000013,163 feet (4,012 m)
The Notch 700413035000000000013,035 feet (3,973 m)
Hermit Pass 700413015000000000013,015 feet (3,967 m)
Blue Lake Pass 700412969000000000012,969 feet (3,953 m)
Denver Pass 700412907000000000012,907 feet (3,934 m)
Triangle Pass 700412907000000000012,907 feet (3,934 m)
The Window 700412877000000000012,877 feet (3,925 m)
Trimble Pass 700412874000000000012,874 feet (3,924 m)
Fall Creek Pass 700412848000000000012,848 feet (3,916 m)
Conundrum Pass 700412779000000000012,779 feet (3,895 m)
McHenrys Notch 700412736000000000012,736 feet (3,882 m)
Coffeepot Pass 700412726000000000012,726 feet (3,879 m)
Sunnyside Saddle 700412677000000000012,677 feet (3,864 m)
Columbine Pass 700412674000000000012,674 feet (3,863 m)
Richmond Pass 700412667000000000012,667 feet (3,861 m)
Willow Pass 700412556000000000012,556 feet (3,827 m)
Whiskey Pass 700412549000000000012,549 feet (3,825 m) former SH 152
Pawnee Pass 700412542000000000012,542 feet (3,823 m)
Venable Pass 700412539000000000012,539 feet (3,822 m)
Halfmoon Pass 700412523000000000012,523 feet (3,817 m)
Copper Pass 700412510000000000012,510 feet (3,810 m)
Stone Man Pass 700412506000000000012,506 feet (3,812 m)
Hunchback Pass 700412500000000000012,500 feet (3,800 m)
Tincup Pass[2] 700412154000000000012,154 feet (3,705 m)[4]
Arapaho Pass[2] 700411905000000000011,905 feet (3,629 m)
Buchanan Pass[2] 700411837000000000011,837 feet (3,608 m)
Juniper Pass 700411040000000000011,040 feet (3,360 m) located just south of SH 103
La Poudre Pass[2] 700410175000000000010,175 feet (3,101 m)[4]
Mosca Pass 70039750000000000009,750 feet (2,970 m)[3] former SH 150

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Trail Ridge Road (U.S. Highway 34) crosses the Continental Divide at Milner Pass but reaches its highest point several miles northeast of the pass. Trail Ridge Road is the highest paved through highway in North America. The road is closed during the winter.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab This pass lies on the Continental Divide of the Americas.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as sign posted at the pass
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w United States Geological Survey 1:24000 topographic maps
  5. ^ The highest elevation in the Eisenhower Tunnel is a short distance inside the West Portal. The tunnel passes under the Continental Divide a few miles west of Loveland Pass. The Eisenhower Tunnel is the highest elevation on the Interstate Highway System of the United States.
  6. ^ Grand Mesa Summit is the highest point on State Highway 65, the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway. Conditions can be quite severe in winter, though the road generally remains open.
  7. ^ Raton Pass is located in the State of New Nexico immediately south of the Colorado state line, but the northern approach is mostly in Colorado.
  8. ^ The state highway up Mount Evans ends about one quarter mile (400 m) from the summit. The Mount Evans Scenic Byway is the highest paved highway in North America. The road is closed during the winter, and the upper section from Summit Lake, at an altitude of 12,836 feet (3,912 m), is closed after Labor Day.
  9. ^ The toll road up Pikes Peak ends at the summit of the mountain. Pikes Peak is the most visited mountain summit in North America.
  10. ^ http://i0.wp.com/farm8.staticflickr.com/7373/9330245523_63309fa6c8_z.jpg
  11. ^ a b http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/newsroom/2006/AntiquitiesCentennial.html
  12. ^ http://m2.i.pbase.com/u6/jdjetting1/large/35280962.EngineerPass1.jpg
  13. ^ http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7099/7397510146_00c07aa4b3_z.jpg
  14. ^ http://lizardheadcyclingguides.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/image010.jpg
  15. ^ http://images.everytrail.com/pics/fullsize/2634575-9_Cinnamon_Pass.JPG

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