Molas Pass

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Molas Pass
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Molas Pass sign
Elevation 10,910 ft (3,325 m)
Traversed by U.S. Highway 550
Location San Juan County, Colorado, U.S.
Range San Juan Mountains
Coordinates 37°44′16″N 107°41′53″W / 37.73778°N 107.69806°W / 37.73778; -107.69806
Topo map USGS Snowdon Peak
360 Panorama of Molas Pass - May 29th 2007

Molas Pass (el. 10,910 ft./3325 m.) is a high mountain pass in the San Juan Mountains of western Colorado in the United States.

The pass is in the San Juan National Forest. The pass is traversed by the Million Dollar Highway, U.S. Highway 550 south of Silverton, which is part of the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway. Though it is one of the higher passes in Colorado, it has only a few switchbacks on the north approach, is considerably less intimidating than Red Mountain Pass on the same highway, and is generally kept open in the winter months.

Molas Pass is also the last mountain pass of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic race, where riders race the train from Durango to Silverton.