Coal Bank Pass

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Coal Bank Pass
Coalbankpass sign.jpg
Sign at Coal Bank Pass
Elevation 10,640 ft (3,243 m)
Traversed by US 550
Location San Juan County, Colorado, U.S.
Range San Juan Mountains
Coordinates 37°42′02″N 107°46′37″W / 37.70056°N 107.77694°W / 37.70056; -107.77694
Topo map USGS Engineer Mountain

Coal Bank Pass (el. 10,640 ft./3243 m.) is a 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. While the north side is fairly gentle, the descent on the south side is very steep (6.5%), and has a runaway truck ramp for trucks that lose control. It is basically downhill the entire way to Durango.

Coal Bank Pass view

Coordinates: 37°42′02″N 107°46′37″W / 37.70056°N 107.77694°W / 37.70056; -107.77694