List of Rocky Mountain passes on the continental divide

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This is a list of Rocky Mountain passes on the Continental Divide.

Major Passes[edit]

Note Column:A=Automobile road R=Railway E=Used by early explorers *=not strictly a mountain pass on continental divide, included for reference.

Location Note Name Height Description
CANADA
Yukon and British Columbia
67°??'N *E Unnamed portage From the Mackenzie river to the Yukon River. See Canadian canoe routes#Pacific Coast
60°04′25″N 130°56′30″W / 60.07361°N 130.94167°W / 60.07361; -130.94167 *A Alaska Highway The Alaska Highway crossing of the Continental Divide in south central Yukon, also known as Yukon Hwy 1. Bering Sea or Arctic Ocean drainage.
58°26′00″N 130°01′27″W / 58.43333°N 130.02417°W / 58.43333; -130.02417 *A Dease Lake, British Columbia The town is sited on and straddles a gap that is the continental divide and the Stewart-Cassiar Highway (also known as BC Hwy 37) passes through the town as well, thus also crossing the divide at that point. Pacific or Arctic Ocean drainage.
54°15'N *A Summit Lake, British Columbia 710m on British Columbia Highway 97 from Dawson Creek See Pine Pass(?). Pacific or Arctic Ocean drainage.
54°1?'N *E low point used by Alexander Mackenzie in 1793
53°58′00″N 120°13′00″W / 53.96667°N 120.21667°W / 53.96667; -120.21667 McGregor Pass 1555 Pacific or Arctic Ocean drainage.
Alberta/British Columbia border.
53°10′02″N 119°07′34″W / 53.16722°N 119.12611°W / 53.16722; -119.12611 Robson Pass 1,652 m (5,420 ft) near Mount Robson. Pacific or Arctic Ocean drainage.
52°53′33″N 118°27′50″W / 52.89250°N 118.46389°W / 52.89250; -118.46389 AR Yellowhead Pass 1,131 m (3,711 ft) near Jasper, Alberta. Canadian Northern Railway (1910), north branch of the Trans-Canada Highway. Pacific or Arctic Ocean drainage.
52°22′35″N 118°11′00″W / 52.37639°N 118.18333°W / 52.37639; -118.18333 E Athabasca Pass 1,753 m (5,751 ft) Main fur-trade pass from 1811. Used by the York Factory Express. Pacific or Arctic Ocean drainage.
51°48′N 116°45′W / 51.800°N 116.750°W / 51.800; -116.750 E Howse Pass 1,539 m (5,049 ft) First post-Mackenzie pass (1807). rarely used. Pacific or Atlantic Ocean drainage.
51°27′10″N 116°17′00″W / 51.45278°N 116.28333°W / 51.45278; -116.28333 AR Kicking Horse Pass 1,627 m (5,338 ft) Near Lake Louise, Alberta. Canadian Pacific Railway (1880s), south branch of the Trans-Canada Highway. Pacific or Atlantic Ocean drainage.
51°13′39″N 116°02′59″W / 51.22750°N 116.04972°W / 51.22750; -116.04972 A Vermilion Pass 1,680 m (5,512 ft) Near Banff, Alberta, Highway 93 south to Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia. Pacific or Atlantic Ocean drainage.
51°04′51″N 115°49′47″W / 51.08083°N 115.82972°W / 51.08083; -115.82972 E Simpson Pass 2,107 m (6,913 ft) rarely used, southwest of Banff, found by Sir George Simpson in 1841. Pacific or Atlantic Ocean drainage.
49°37′57″N 114°41′33″W / 49.63250°N 114.69250°W / 49.63250; -114.69250 AR Crowsnest Pass 1,358 m (4,455 ft) only road pass between Banff and US border. Canadian Pacific Railway (1898). Pacific or Atlantic Ocean drainage.
49°00'N* UNITED STATES
Montana
48°41′47.72″N 113°43′5.91″W / 48.6965889°N 113.7183083°W / 48.6965889; -113.7183083 A Logan Pass 6,646 ft (2,026 m) Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Divides Pacific and Arctic Ocean drainages.
48°19′06″N 113°21′19″W / 48.318321°N 113.355255°W / 48.318321; -113.355255 AR Marias Pass 5,213 ft (1,589 m) Great Northern Railroad 1889 (now used by BNSF Railway), US Highway 2. Divides Pacific and Atlantic Ocean drainages.
47°08′34″N 112°25′44″W / 47.142701°N 112.428915°W / 47.142701; -112.428915 E Lewis and Clark Pass 6,424 ft (1,958 m) Possibly used on Meriwether Lewis's return route, foot trail and unimproved road. Divides Pacific and Atlantic Ocean drainages.
47°04′35″N 112°22′11″W / 47.07639°N 112.36972°W / 47.07639; -112.36972 A Rogers Pass 5,610 ft (1,710 m) Montana Highway 200. Divides Pacific and Atlantic Ocean drainages.
46°58′31″N 112°21′30″W / 46.9753°N 112.3583°W / 46.9753; -112.3583 A Flesher Pass Montana Secondary Highway 279. Divides Pacific and Atlantic Ocean drainages.
46°53′37″N 112°29′44″W / 46.8936°N 112.4956°W / 46.8936; -112.4956 A Stemple Pass Unimproved road. Divides Pacific and Atlantic Ocean drainages.
46°38′36″N 112°18′50″W / 46.6434°N 112.3138°W / 46.6434; -112.3138 AER Mullan Pass 5,902 ft (1,799 m) Mullan Road, Northern Pacific Railroad (now used by Montana Rail Link), unimproved road. Divides Pacific and Atlantic Ocean drainages.
46°37′10″N 112°17′55″W / 46.6194°N 112.2986°W / 46.6194; -112.2986 A Priest Pass Unimproved road. Divides Pacific and Atlantic Ocean drainages.
46°33′41″N 112°18′31″W / 46.5614°N 112.3086°W / 46.5614; -112.3086 A MacDonald Pass 6,312 ft (1,924 m) US Highway 12. Divides Pacific and Atlantic Ocean drainages.
45°02′11″N 112°27′33″W / 45.0364°N 112.4592°W / 45.0364; -112.4592 AR Elk Park Pass 6,352 ft (1,936 m) Great Northern Railroad (abandoned), Interstate 15. Divides Pacific and Atlantic Ocean drainages.
45°55′20″N 112°24′58″W / 45.9221°N 112.4161°W / 45.9221; -112.4161 AR Homestake Pass 6,329 ft (1,929 m) Northern Pacific Railroad (now used by BNSF Railway, inactive), Interstate 90. Divides Pacific and Atlantic Ocean drainages.
45°51′35″N 112°26′00″W / 45.8597°N 112.4334°W / 45.8597; -112.4334 AR Pipestone Pass 6,453 ft (1,967 m) Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (abandoned), Montana Highway 2. Divides Pacific and Atlantic Ocean drainages.
45°52′58″N 112°40′21″W / 45.8828°N 112.6725°W / 45.8828; -112.6725 AR Deer Lodge Pass 5,879 ft (1,792 m) Utah and Northern Railway (now used by Union Pacific), Interstate 15. Divides Pacific and Atlantic Ocean drainages.
45°44′49″N 112°54′00″W / 45.7469°N 112.9000°W / 45.7469; -112.9000 AE Gibbons Pass 2,117 m (6,946 ft) Nez Perce National Historic Trail, possibly used on William Clark's return route, unimproved road. Divides Pacific and Atlantic Ocean drainages.
Along Montana / Idaho border
45°41.0′N 113°56.0′W / 45.6833°N 113.9333°W / 45.6833; -113.9333 A Chief Joseph Pass 7,251 ft (2,210 m) Montana Highway 43. Divides Pacific and Atlantic Ocean drainages.
45°32′59″N 113°49′13″W / 45.5497°N 113.8203°W / 45.5497; -113.8203 A Big Hole Pass 7,055 ft (2,150 m) Unimproved road. Divides Pacific and Atlantic Ocean drainages.
44°58′27″N 113°26′42″W / 44.97417°N 113.44500°W / 44.97417; -113.44500 AE Lemhi Pass 7,373 ft (2,247 m) Lewis and Clark Expedition outbound crossing of Continental Divide, unimproved road. Divides Pacific and Atlantic Ocean drainages.
44°48′52″N 113°16′19″W / 44.8144°N 113.2719°W / 44.8144; -113.2719 AR Bannock Pass 7,684 ft (2,342 m) Gilmore and Pittsburgh Railroad (abandoned), Idaho Highway 29. Divides Pacific and Atlantic Ocean drainages.
44°33′31″N 112°18′20″W / 44.55861°N 112.30556°W / 44.55861; -112.30556 AR Monida Pass 6820 ft (2079 m) Utah and Northern Railway (now used by Union Pacific), Interstate 15. Divides Pacific and Atlantic Ocean drainages.
44°35′56″N 111°31′25″W / 44.5989°N 111.5236°W / 44.5989; -111.5236 A Red Rock Pass Unimproved road. Divides Pacific and Atlantic Ocean drainages.
44°42.6′N 111°28.2′W / 44.7100°N 111.4700°W / 44.7100; -111.4700 AE Raynolds Pass 6,844 ft (2,086 m Raynolds Expedition, Montana Highway 87. Divides Pacific and Atlantic Ocean drainages.
44°40′29″N 112°16′33″E / 44.6747°N 112.2758°E / 44.6747; 112.2758 A Targhee Pass 7072 ft (2156 m) US Highway 20. Divides Pacific and Atlantic Ocean drainages.
Montana / Idaho / Wyoming border
44°26′30″N 110°43′11″W / 44.44167°N 110.71972°W / 44.44167; -110.71972 A Craig Pass 8,262 ft (2,518 m U.S. Route 191, in Yellowstone National Park. Pacific or Gulf of Mexico drainage.
44°2′28″N 110°10′3″W / 44.04111°N 110.16750°W / 44.04111; -110.16750 Two Ocean Pass 8,130 ft (2,478 m) In the Teton Wilderness. Notable for the Parting of the Waters.Pacific or Gulf of Mexico drainage.
43°45′0″N 110°4′48″W / 43.75000°N 110.08000°W / 43.75000; -110.08000 A Togwotee Pass 9,658 ft (2,944 m) U.S. Route 287 and U.S. Route 26. Pacific or Gulf of Mexico drainage.
42°22′12″N 108°54′49″W / 42.37000°N 108.91361°W / 42.37000; -108.91361 * South Pass 7,412 ft (2,259 m) Part of a mountain-free area in southwest Wyoming. Oregon Trail and Interstate 80. Pacific or Gulf of Mexico drainage.
41°00'N Colorado north border
40°23′5″N 106°36′42″W / 40.38472°N 106.61167°W / 40.38472; -106.61167 A Rabbit Ears Pass 9,426 ft (2873 m) U.S. Route 40. Pacific or Gulf of Mexico drainage.
40°22′36″N 106°34′47″W / 40.37667°N 106.57972°W / 40.37667; -106.57972 A Muddy Pass 8,772 ft (2,674 m) U.S. Route 40. Pacific or Gulf of Mexico drainage.
40°25′11″N 105°48′41″W / 40.41972°N 105.81139°W / 40.41972; -105.81139 A Milner Pass 10,759 ft (3,279 m) U.S. Route 34 in Rocky Mountain National Park. Pacific or Gulf of Mexico drainage.
40°28′36″N 105°49′24″W / 40.47667°N 105.82333°W / 40.47667; -105.82333 La Poudre Pass 10,184 ft (3,104 m) Pacific or Gulf of Mexico drainage.
39°54′08″N 105°38′46″W / 39.90235°N 105.6461°W / 39.90235; -105.6461 *R Moffat Tunnel 9,239 ft (2,816 m) railway tunnel 1928. Avoids Rollins Pass 11,677 ft (3,559 m)Pacific or Gulf of Mexico drainage.
39°40′44″N 105°55′12″W / 39.67889°N 105.92000°W / 39.67889; -105.92000 *A Eisenhower Tunnel 11,158 feet (3,401 m) Interstate 70 to Denver. Avoids Loveland Pass. Pacific or Gulf of Mexico drainage.
39°39′49″N 105°52′45″W / 39.66361°N 105.87917°W / 39.66361; -105.87917 A Loveland Pass 11,990 ft (3,655 m) US Highway 6. Pacific or Gulf of Mexico drainage.
39°21′42″N 106°03′45″W / 39.36167°N 106.06250°W / 39.36167; -106.06250 A Hoosier Pass 11,542 ft (3,518 m) US Highway 9. Pacific or Gulf of Mexico drainage.
39°6′29″N 106°33′52″W / 39.10806°N 106.56444°W / 39.10806; -106.56444 A Independence Pass 12,095 ft (3,687 m) Colorado State Highway 82. Highest paved crossing of Divide in US, at 12,095 feet (3,687 m). Pacific or Gulf of Mexico drainage.
38°49′40″N 106°24′33″W / 38.82778°N 106.40917°W / 38.82778; -106.40917 A Cottonwood Pass 12,126 ft (3,696 m) Chaffee County Route 306. The highest unpaved road crossing a pass in Colorado, at 12,126 feet (3,696 m). Pacific or Gulf of Mexico drainage.
38°29′48″N 106°19′30″W / 38.49667°N 106.32500°W / 38.49667; -106.32500 A Monarch Pass 11,312 ft (3,448 m) US Highway 50. Pacific or Gulf of Mexico drainage.
38°23′29″N 106°14′50″W / 38.39139°N 106.24722°W / 38.39139; -106.24722 A Marshall Pass 10,842 ft (3,305 m) former narrow-gauge railroad closed in 1955. Pacific or Gulf of Mexico drainage.
37°29′00″N 106°48′11″W / 37.48333°N 106.80306°W / 37.48333; -106.80306 A Wolf Creek Pass 10,857 ft (3,309 m) U.S. Highway 160. Pacific or Gulf of Mexico drainage.
37°00'N* Colorado south border

Passes including Trails[edit]

Rocky Mountain passes on the Continental Divide of the Americas
Pass Region Elevation[1][2] Location[3][4] Access
Pine Pass  British Columbia 875 m
2,871 ft
55°24′00″N 122°38′00″W / 55.4000°N 122.6333°W / 55.4000; -122.6333 BC-97.svg BSicon TRAIN3.svg
Jarvis Pass  British Columbia 1478 m
4,849 ft
54°05′27″N 120°09′30″W / 54.0908°N 120.1583°W / 54.0908; -120.1583 Trail in Kakwa Provincial Park
McGregor Pass  British Columbia 1539 m
5,049 ft
53°58′00″N 120°13′00″W / 53.9667°N 120.2167°W / 53.9667; -120.2167 Trail
Kakwa Pass  British Columbia 1570 m
5,151 ft
53°58′00″N 120°09′00″W / 53.9667°N 120.1500°W / 53.9667; -120.1500 Trail in Kakwa Provincial Park
Casket Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1631 m
5,351 ft
53°46′35″N 119°55′49″W / 53.7764°N 119.9303°W / 53.7764; -119.9303 Trail
Forgetmenot Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1783 m
5,850 ft
53°45′08″N 119°53′33″W / 53.7522°N 119.8925°W / 53.7522; -119.8925 Trail
Fetherstonhaugh Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1813 m
5,948 ft
53°42′48″N 119°51′08″W / 53.7133°N 119.8522°W / 53.7133; -119.8522 Trail
Avalanche Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1570 m
5,151 ft
53°36′58″N 119°54′39″W / 53.6161°N 119.9108°W / 53.6161; -119.9108 Trail
Beaverdam Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1509 m
4,951 ft
53°34′36″N 119°53′20″W / 53.5767°N 119.8889°W / 53.5767; -119.8889 Trail
Shale Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1905 m
6,250 ft
53°36′22″N 119°43′37″W / 53.6061°N 119.7269°W / 53.6061; -119.7269 Trail
Loren Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1539 m
5,049 ft
53°29′59″N 119°48′37″W / 53.4997°N 119.8103°W / 53.4997; -119.8103 Trail
Jackpine Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2020 m
6,627 ft
53°21′31″N 119°25′51″W / 53.3586°N 119.4308°W / 53.3586; -119.4308 Trail
Bess Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1620 m
5,315 ft
53°19′48″N 119°21′02″W / 53.3300°N 119.3506°W / 53.3300; -119.3506 Trail in Jasper National Park
Carcajou Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1570 m
5,151 ft
53°13′49″N 119°16′55″W / 53.2303°N 119.2819°W / 53.2303; -119.2819 Trail between Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park
Moose Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2027 m
6,650 ft
53°13′50″N 119°01′05″W / 53.2306°N 119.0181°W / 53.2306; -119.0181 Trail between Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park
Robson Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1597 m
5,240 ft
53°10′01″N 119°07′43″W / 53.1669°N 119.1286°W / 53.1669; -119.1286 Trail between Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park
Snowbird Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2423 m
7,949 ft
53°08′44″N 119°02′58″W / 53.1456°N 119.0494°W / 53.1456; -119.0494 Trail between Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park
Upright Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1996 m
6,549 ft
53°08′05″N 118°46′50″W / 53.1347°N 118.7806°W / 53.1347; -118.7806 Trail between Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park
Colonel Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1874 m
6,148 ft
53°04′20″N 118°46′10″W / 53.0722°N 118.7694°W / 53.0722; -118.7694 Trail between Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park
Grant Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1935 m
6,348 ft
53°02′52″N 118°45′20″W / 53.0478°N 118.7556°W / 53.0478; -118.7556 Trail between Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park
North Miette Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2179 m
7,149 ft
53°02′00″N 118°39′15″W / 53.0333°N 118.6542°W / 53.0333; -118.6542 Trail between Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park
Miette Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2004 m
6,575 ft
53°01′00″N 118°40′00″W / 53.0167°N 118.6667°W / 53.0167; -118.6667 Trail
Centre Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1989 m
6,526 ft
53°00′48″N 118°39′16″W / 53.0133°N 118.6544°W / 53.0133; -118.6544 Trail
South Miette Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2119 m
6,952 ft
52°59′10″N 118°39′45″W / 52.9861°N 118.6625°W / 52.9861; -118.6625 Trail between Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park
South Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2141 m
7,024 ft
52°59′11″N 118°39′39″W / 52.9864°N 118.6608°W / 52.9864; -118.6608 Trail
Yellowhead Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1131 m
3,711 ft
52°53′29″N 118°27′52″W / 52.8914°N 118.4644°W / 52.8914; -118.4644 BSicon TRAIN3.svg between Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park
Tonquin Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1935 m
6,348 ft
52°43′42″N 118°20′22″W / 52.7283°N 118.3394°W / 52.7283; -118.3394 Trail between Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park
Whirlpool Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1813 m
5,948 ft
52°29′19″N 118°14′00″W / 52.4886°N 118.2333°W / 52.4886; -118.2333 Trail in Jasper National Park
Canoe Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2057 m
6,749 ft
52°25′33″N 118°14′19″W / 52.4258°N 118.2386°W / 52.4258; -118.2386 Trail in Jasper National Park
Athabasca Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1753 m
5,751 ft
52°22′56″N 118°11′24″W / 52.3822°N 118.1900°W / 52.3822; -118.1900 Trail in Jasper National Park
Fortress Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1356 m
4,449 ft
52°21′41″N 117°42′20″W / 52.3614°N 117.7056°W / 52.3614; -117.7056 Trail between Banff National Park and Hamber Provincial Park
Thompson Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1996 m
6,549 ft
52°02′28″N 117°15′29″W / 52.0411°N 117.2581°W / 52.0411; -117.2581 Trail in Banff National Park
Bush Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2393 m
7,851 ft
51°47′54″N 116°58′08″W / 51.7983°N 116.9689°W / 51.7983; -116.9689 Trail in Banff National Park
Howse Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1539 m
5,049 ft
51°48′00″N 116°45′20″W / 51.8000°N 116.7556°W / 51.8000; -116.7556 Trail in Banff National Park
Balfour Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2454 m
8,051 ft
51°35′14″N 116°28′19″W / 51.5872°N 116.4719°W / 51.5872; -116.4719 Trail between Banff National Park and Yoho National Park
Kicking Horse Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1627 m
5,338 ft
51°27′12″N 116°17′08″W / 51.4533°N 116.2856°W / 51.4533; -116.2856 TCH-blank.svg BSicon TRAIN3.svg between Banff National Park and Yoho National Park
Abbot Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia 
2922 m
9,587 ft
51°21′50″N 116°17′14″W / 51.3639°N 116.2872°W / 51.3639; -116.2872 Trail between Banff National Park and Yoho National Park
Wenkchemna Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2606 m
8,550 ft
51°19′01″N 116°16′17″W / 51.3169°N 116.2714°W / 51.3169; -116.2714 Trail between Banff National Park and Yoho National Park
Vermilion Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1661 m
5,449 ft
51°13′39″N 116°02′59″W / 51.2275°N 116.0497°W / 51.2275; -116.0497 Alberta Highway 93.svg BC-93.svg between Banff National Park and Kootenay National Park
Ball Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2210 m
7,251 ft
51°07′35″N 115°59′19″W / 51.1264°N 115.9886°W / 51.1264; -115.9886 Trail between Banff National Park and Kootenay National Park
Redearth Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2088 m
6,850 ft
51°05′10″N 115°52′57″W / 51.0861°N 115.8825°W / 51.0861; -115.8825 Trail in Banff National Park
Simpson Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2118 m
6,949 ft
51°04′45″N 115°49′40″W / 51.0792°N 115.8278°W / 51.0792; -115.8278 Trail between Banff National Park and Kootenay National Park
Citadel Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2362 m
7,749 ft
51°01′13″N 115°42′37″W / 51.0203°N 115.7103°W / 51.0203; -115.7103 Trail in Banff National Park
Fatigue Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2393 m
7,851 ft
51°00′49″N 115°41′19″W / 51.0136°N 115.6886°W / 51.0136; -115.6886 Trail in Banff National Park
Og Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2301 m
7,549 ft
50°56′58″N 115°36′48″W / 50.9494°N 115.6133°W / 50.9494; -115.6133 Trail between Banff National Park and Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
Assiniboine Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2179 m
7,149 ft
50°55′35″N 115°36′32″W / 50.9264°N 115.6089°W / 50.9264; -115.6089 Trail between Banff National Park and Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
Wonder Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2393 m
7,851 ft
50°53′32″N 115°35′40″W / 50.8922°N 115.5944°W / 50.8922; -115.5944 Trail between Banff National Park and Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
Marvel Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2118 m
6,949 ft
50°50′28″N 115°34′44″W / 50.8411°N 115.5789°W / 50.8411; -115.5789 Trail in Banff National Park
Red Man Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2332 m
7,651 ft
50°48′10″N 115°33′10″W / 50.8028°N 115.5528°W / 50.8028; -115.5528 Trail in Banff National Park
White Man Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2149 m
7,051 ft
50°47′00″N 115°30′00″W / 50.7833°N 115.5000°W / 50.7833; -115.5000 Trail in Banff National Park
Spray Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1935 m
6,348 ft
50°44′48″N 115°25′45″W / 50.7467°N 115.4292°W / 50.7467; -115.4292 Trail in Banff National Park
Palliser Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2088 m
6,850 ft
50°42′29″N 115°23′15″W / 50.7081°N 115.3875°W / 50.7081; -115.3875 Trail in Banff National Park
North Kananaskis Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2362 m
7,749 ft
50°41′25″N 115°17′53″W / 50.6903°N 115.2981°W / 50.6903; -115.2981 Trail in Kananaskis Country
South Kananaskis Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2301 m
7,549 ft
50°38′20″N 115°17′12″W / 50.6389°N 115.2867°W / 50.6389; -115.2867 Trail in Kananaskis Country
Elk Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1905 m
6,250 ft
50°35′10″N 115°04′27″W / 50.5861°N 115.0742°W / 50.5861; -115.0742 Trail in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
Weary Creek Gap  Alberta
 British Columbia
2240 m
7,349 ft
50°23′53″N 114°51′12″W / 50.3981°N 114.8533°W / 50.3981; -114.8533 Trail in Kananaskis Country
Gunsight Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2393 m
7,851 ft
50°19′30″N 114°49′00″W / 50.3250°N 114.8167°W / 50.3250; -114.8167 Trail in Kananaskis Country
Windy Pass (Canada)  Alberta
 British Columbia
2408 m
7,900 ft
50°03′50″N 114°40′30″W / 50.0639°N 114.6750°W / 50.0639; -114.6750 Trail
Tornado Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2149 m
7,051 ft
49°58′03″N 114°40′23″W / 49.9675°N 114.6731°W / 49.9675; -114.6731 Trail
North Fork Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1996 m
6,549 ft
49°55′20″N 114°41′22″W / 49.9222°N 114.6894°W / 49.9222; -114.6894 Trail in Kananaskis Country
Racehorse Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2118 m
6,949 ft
49°46′17″N 114°38′48″W / 49.7714°N 114.6467°W / 49.7714; -114.6467 Trail
Deadman Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1600 m
5,249 ft
49°42′21″N 114°39′38″W / 49.7058°N 114.6606°W / 49.7058; -114.6606 Trail
Phillips Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1570 m
5,151 ft
49°38′45″N 114°39′45″W / 49.6458°N 114.6625°W / 49.6458; -114.6625 Trail
Crowsnest Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1358 m
4,455 ft
49°37′41″N 114°40′31″W / 49.6281°N 114.6753°W / 49.6281; -114.6753 BSicon TRAIN3.svg (Canadian Pacific Railway 1898)
Tent Mountain Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1478 m
4,849 ft
49°34′22″N 114°43′18″W / 49.5728°N 114.7217°W / 49.5728; -114.7217 Trail
Ptolemy Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1722 m
5,650 ft
49°33′19″N 114°41′15″W / 49.5553°N 114.6875°W / 49.5553; -114.6875 Trail
North Kootenay Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2057 m
6,749 ft
49°24′00″N 114°34′00″W / 49.4000°N 114.5667°W / 49.4000; -114.5667 Trail
Middle Kootenay Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1935 m
6,348 ft
49°15′37″N 114°24′30″W / 49.2603°N 114.4083°W / 49.2603; -114.4083 Trail
Sage Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2149 m
7,051 ft
49°08′19″N 114°09′39″W / 49.1386°N 114.1608°W / 49.1386; -114.1608 Trail in Waterton Lakes National Park
South Kootenay Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
2088 m
6,850 ft
49°06′33″N 114°08′58″W / 49.1092°N 114.1494°W / 49.1092; -114.1494 Trail in Waterton Lakes National Park
Akamina Pass  Alberta
 British Columbia
1783 m
5,850 ft
49°01′28″N 114°03′16″W / 49.0244°N 114.0544°W / 49.0244; -114.0544 Trail in Waterton Lakes National Park
Logan Pass  Montana 6,653 ft
2028 m
48°41′48″N 113°43′06″W / 48.6966°N 113.7182°W / 48.6966; -113.7182 Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park
Gunsight Pass  Montana 6,949 ft
2118 m
48°36′34″N 113°44′18″W / 48.6094°N 113.7382°W / 48.6094; -113.7382 Trail in Glacier National Park
Marias Pass  Montana 5,236 ft
1596 m
48°19′00″N 113°21′17″W / 48.3166°N 113.3548°W / 48.3166; -113.3548 US 2.svg BSicon TRAIN3.svg between Flathead National Forest and Lewis and Clark National Forest (Great Northern Railway 1891)
Badger Pass  Montana 6,312 ft
1924 m
48°07′50″N 113°02′15″W / 48.1305°N 113.0376°W / 48.1305; -113.0376 Trail in Bob Marshall Wilderness
Lewis and Clark Pass  Montana 6,424 ft
1958 m
47°08′34″N 112°25′44″W / 47.1427°N 112.4289°W / 47.1427; -112.4289 Trail between Helena National Forest and Lewis and Clark National Forest (Meriwether Lewis 1806)
Rogers Pass  Montana 5,630 ft
1716 m
47°04′35″N 112°22′14″W / 47.0763°N 112.3706°W / 47.0763; -112.3706 MT-200.svg
Mullan Pass  Montana 5,223 ft
1592 m
46°38′40″N 112°18′53″W / 46.6444°N 112.3147°W / 46.6444; -112.3147 BSicon TRAIN3.svg and gravel road in Helena National Forest (Northern Pacific Railway 1883)
Gibbons Pass  Montana 6,138 ft
1871 m
45°44′49″N 113°54′51″W / 45.7469°N 113.9142°W / 45.7469; -113.9142 Beaverhead National Forest Road 106 (William Clark 1806)
Chief Joseph Pass  Idaho
 Montana
7,251 ft
2210 m
45°41′05″N 113°55′59″W / 45.6846°N 113.9331°W / 45.6846; -113.9331 ID-43.svg in Salmon National Forest to MT-43.svg in Beaverhead National Forest
Elk Park Pass  Montana 6,352 ft
1936 m
46°02′11″N 112°27′33″W / 46.0363°N 112.4592°W / 46.0363; -112.4592 I-15.svg (Great Northern Railway 1888-1972)
Deer Lodge Pass  Montana 5,922 ft
1805 m
45°53′00″N 112°40′18″W / 45.8833°N 112.6717°W / 45.8833; -112.6717 I-15.svg BSicon TRAIN3.svg
Homestake Pass  Montana 6,365 ft
1940 m
45°55′20″N 112°24′58″W / 45.9221°N 112.4161°W / 45.9221; -112.4161 I-90 (MT).svg in Deerlodge National Forest (Northern Pacific Railroad 1888-1983)
Pipestone Pass  Montana 6,476 ft
1974 m
45°51′24″N 112°26′22″W / 45.8566°N 112.4395°W / 45.8566; -112.4395 MT-2.svg in Deerlodge National Forest (Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad 1909-1980)
Lemhi Pass  Idaho
 Montana
7,369 ft
2246 m
44°58′28″N 113°26′43″W / 44.9744°N 113.4453°W / 44.9744; -113.4453 Gravel road between Beaverhead National Forest and Salmon National Forest (Lewis and Clark Expedition 1805)
Bannock Pass  Idaho
 Montana
7,684 ft
2342 m
44°48′52″N 113°16′19″W / 44.8144°N 113.2720°W / 44.8144; -113.2720 ID-29.svg MT-sec-324.svg between Salmon National Forest and Beaverhead National Forest (Gilmore and Pittsburgh Railroad 1910-1939)
Monida Pass  Idaho
 Montana
6,821 ft
2079 m
44°33′30″N 112°18′20″W / 44.5583°N 112.3055°W / 44.5583; -112.3055 I-15.svg BSicon TRAIN3.svg (Utah and Northern Railway 1880)
Raynolds Pass  Idaho
 Montana
6,831 ft
2082 m
44°42′40″N 111°28′11″W / 44.7110°N 111.4697°W / 44.7110; -111.4697 ID-87.svg MT-87.svg
Targhee Pass  Idaho
 Montana
7,080 ft
2158 m
44°40′29″N 111°16′33″W / 44.6746°N 111.2758°W / 44.6746; -111.2758 US 20.svg
Craig Pass  Wyoming 8,323 ft
2537 m
44°26′30″N 110°43′11″W / 44.4416°N 110.7197°W / 44.4416; -110.7197 US 191.svg Grand Loop Road in Yellowstone National Park
Two Ocean Pass  Wyoming 8,130 ft
2478 m
44°02′28″N 110°10′03″W / 44.0411°N 110.1674°W / 44.0411; -110.1674 Trail
South Pass  Wyoming 7,559 ft
2304 m
42°22′12″N 108°54′48″W / 42.3700°N 108.9134°W / 42.3700; -108.9134 WY-28.svg (Oregon Trail 1812, Mormon Trail 1847, California Trail 1848, Pony Express 1860-1861)
Bridger Pass  Wyoming 7,588 ft
2313 m
41°33′02″N 107°25′51″W / 41.5505°N 107.4309°W / 41.5505; -107.4309 (Stansbury Expedition 1849, Cherokee Trail 1849, Overland Trail 1861)
Buffalo Pass  Colorado 10,295 ft
3138 m
40°32′37″N 106°41′06″W / 40.5436°N 106.6850°W / 40.5436; -106.6850 Jackson County Road 24 and Routt County Road 38 in Routt National Forest
Rabbit Ears Pass  Colorado 9,429 ft
2874 m
40°23′05″N 106°36′42″W / 40.3847°N 106.6117°W / 40.3847; -106.6117 US 40.svg
Muddy Pass  Colorado 8,619 ft
2627 m
40°22′36″N 106°34′47″W / 40.3766°N 106.5798°W / 40.3766; -106.5798 US 40.svg between Arapahoe National Forest and Routt National Forest
La Poudre Pass  Colorado 10,184 ft
3104 m
40°28′36″N 105°49′24″W / 40.4767°N 105.8233°W / 40.4767; -105.8233 Trail between Rocky Mountain National Park and Roosevelt National Forest
Willow Creek Pass  Colorado 9,659 ft
2944 m
40°21′02″N 106°05′32″W / 40.3505°N 106.0922°W / 40.3505; -106.0922 Colorado 125.svg US Bike 76 (M1-9).svg
Milner Pass  Colorado 10,758 ft
3279 m
40°25′11″N 105°48′41″W / 40.4197°N 105.8114°W / 40.4197; -105.8114 US 34.svg Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park
Ptarmigan Pass  Colorado 12,168 ft
3709 m
40°18′38″N 105°42′04″W / 40.3105°N 105.7011°W / 40.3105; -105.7011 Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park
Stone Man Pass  Colorado 12,506 ft
3812 m
40°15′34″N 105°39′10″W / 40.2594°N 105.6528°W / 40.2594; -105.6528 Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park
Boulder-Grand Pass  Colorado 12,077 ft
3681 m
40°13′28″N 105°40′09″W / 40.2244°N 105.6692°W / 40.2244; -105.6692 Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park
Buchanan Pass  Colorado 11,844 ft
3610 m
40°07′52″N 105°37′49″W / 40.1311°N 105.6303°W / 40.1311; -105.6303 Trail in Indian Peaks Wilderness
Pawnee Pass  Colorado 12,542 ft
3823 m
40°04′33″N 105°38′06″W / 40.0758°N 105.6350°W / 40.0758; -105.6350 Trail between Arapaho National Forest and Roosevelt National Forest
Arapaho Pass  Colorado 11,906 ft
3629 m
40°00′52″N 105°40′41″W / 40.0144°N 105.6781°W / 40.0144; -105.6781 Trail in Indian Peaks Wilderness
Rollins Pass  Colorado 11,676 ft
3559 m
39°56′03″N 105°40′58″W / 39.9342°N 105.6828°W / 39.9342; -105.6828 Primitive road in Arapahoe National Forest to trail in Roosevelt National Forest (Denver, Northwestern and Pacific Railway 1903)
Jones Pass  Colorado 12,454 ft
3796 m
39°46′25″N 105°53′21″W / 39.7736°N 105.8892°W / 39.7736; -105.8892 Clear Creek County Road 202 to trail in Arapaho National Forest
Vasquez Pass  Colorado 11,693 ft
3564 m
39°47′16″N 105°49′45″W / 39.7878°N 105.8292°W / 39.7878; -105.8292 Trail in Arapaho National Forest
Berthoud Pass  Colorado 11,325 ft
3452 m
39°47′54″N 105°46′40″W / 39.7983°N 105.7778°W / 39.7983; -105.7778 US 40.svg in Arapaho National Forest
Loveland Pass  Colorado 11,995 ft
3656 m
39°39′49″N 105°52′45″W / 39.6636°N 105.8792°W / 39.6636; -105.8792 US 6.svg in Arapaho National Forest
Argentine Pass  Colorado 13,205 ft
4025 m
39°37′31″N 105°46′57″W / 39.6253°N 105.7825°W / 39.6253; -105.7825 Primitive road in Arapaho National Forest (Highest road over the Continental Divide in North America)
Webster Pass (Colorado)  Colorado 12,103 ft
3689 m
39°31′52″N 105°49′58″W / 39.5311°N 105.8328°W / 39.5311; -105.8328 Primitive road between Arapaho National Forest and Pike National Forest
Georgia Pass (Colorado)  Colorado 11,585 ft
3531 m
39°27′30″N 105°55′00″W / 39.4583°N 105.9167°W / 39.4583; -105.9167 Primitive road between the town of Jefferson to Breckenridge, passing along Mt. Guyot.
Meyer Pass (Colorado)  Colorado 11,683 ft
3561 m
39°24′07″N 105°59′28″W / 39.4020°N 105.9911°W / 39.4020; -105.9911 Primitive trail between Como and Breckenridge, connecting with Coronet Road.
French Pass  Colorado 12,050 ft
3673 m
39°26′22″N 105°57′05″W / 39.4394°N 105.9514°W / 39.4394; -105.9514 Trail between Arapaho National Forest and Pike National Forest
Fremont Pass  Colorado 11,279 ft
3438 m
39°21′59″N 106°11′12″W / 39.3664°N 106.1867°W / 39.3664; -106.1867 Colorado 91.svg BSicon TRAIN3.svg in San Isabel National Forest to Arapaho National Forest (Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad 1888)
Black Powder Pass  Colorado 12,149 ft
3703 m
39°25′25″N 105°57′19″W / 39.4236°N 105.9553°W / 39.4236; -105.9553 Trace between Arapaho National Forest and Pike National Forest
Boreas Pass  Colorado 11,499 ft
3505 m
39°24′40″N 105°58′10″W / 39.4111°N 105.9695°W / 39.4111; -105.9695 Park County Road 33 in Pike National Forest to Summit County Road 10 in Arapaho National Forest (Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad 1882)
Hagerman Pass  Colorado 11,939 ft
3639 m
39°15′54″N 106°29′02″W / 39.2650°N 106.4839°W / 39.2650; -106.4839 Primitive road between San Isabel National Forest and White River National Forest (Colorado Midland Railway 1887)
Hoosier Pass  Colorado 11,532 ft
3515 m
39°21′42″N 106°03′45″W / 39.3617°N 106.0625°W / 39.3617; -106.0625 Colorado 9.svg US Bike 76 (M1-9).svg between Arapaho National Forest and Pike National Forest (John C. Fremont 1844)
Independence Pass  Colorado 12,103 ft
3689 m
39°06′32″N 106°33′50″W / 39.1089°N 106.5639°W / 39.1089; -106.5639 Colorado 82.svg between San Isabel National Forest and White River National Forest (Highest paved road over the Continental Divide in North America)
Red Mountain Pass  Colorado 12,860 ft
3920 m
39°00′48″N 106°35′42″W / 39.0133°N 106.5949°W / 39.0133; -106.5949 Trail in Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
Lake Pass  Colorado 12,218 ft
3724 m
38°59′49″N 106°33′43″W / 38.9969°N 106.5620°W / 38.9969; -106.5620 Trail between Gunnison National Forest and San Isabel National Forest
Browns Pass  Colorado 11,998 ft
3657 m
38°51′14″N 106°21′34″W / 38.8539°N 106.3595°W / 38.8539; -106.3595 Trail in Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
Cottonwood Pass  Colorado 12,119 ft
3694 m
38°49′40″N 106°24′33″W / 38.8278°N 106.4092°W / 38.8278; -106.4092 Chaffee County Road 306 (asphalt) in San Isabel National Forest to Gunnison County Road 209 (gravel) in Gunnison National Forest
Tincup Pass  Colorado 11,952 ft
3643 m
38°42′55″N 106°26′04″W / 38.7153°N 106.4345°W / 38.7153; -106.4345 Primitive road between Gunnison National Forest and San Isabel National Forest
Hancock Pass  Colorado 12,208 ft
3721 m
38°37′15″N 106°22′27″W / 38.6208°N 106.3742°W / 38.6208; -106.3742 Primitive road between Gunnison National Forest and San Isabel National Forest
Monarch Pass  Colorado 11,306 ft
3446 m
38°29′48″N 106°19′32″W / 38.4967°N 106.3256°W / 38.4967; -106.3256 US 50.svg between Gunnison National Forest and San Isabel National Forest
Marshall Pass  Colorado 10,882 ft
3317 m
38°23′29″N 106°14′50″W / 38.3914°N 106.2472°W / 38.3914; -106.2472 Saguache County Road 32 between Gunnison National Forest and San Isabel National Forest (Denver & Rio Grande Railroad 1881-1955)
North Pass  Colorado 10,010 ft
3051 m
38°13′00″N 106°34′32″W / 38.2167°N 106.5756°W / 38.2167; -106.5756 Colorado 114.svg
Cochetopa Pass  Colorado 10,200 ft
3109 m
38°10′00″N 106°36′02″W / 38.1667°N 106.6006°W / 38.1667; -106.6006 Saguache County Road NN14 between Gunnison National Forest and Rio Grande National Forest
Spring Creek Pass  Colorado 10,889 ft
3319 m
37°56′27″N 107°09′33″W / 37.9408°N 107.1592°W / 37.9408; -107.1592 Colorado 149.svg
Hermit Pass  Colorado 13,015 ft
3967 m
38°05′46″N 105°39′19″W / 38.0961°N 105.6553°W / 38.0961; -105.6553 Primitive road in San Isabel National Forest to trail in Rio Grande National Forest
Wolf Creek Pass  Colorado 10,823 ft
3299 m
37°28′57″N 106°47′56″W / 37.4825°N 106.7989°W / 37.4825; -106.7989 US 160.svg

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Elevations in the United States are from the United States Geological Survey National Elevation Dataset except where otherwise noted. Please see the National Elevation Dataset. These elevations are referenced to the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 and may differ from traditional sources.
  2. ^ A highway or railroad may cross a ridge at a higher or lower elevation than the natural saddle point.
  3. ^ Locations in Canada are from the Natural Resources Canada Canadian Geographical Names Data Base. Please see Canadian Geographical Names. Locations in the United States are referenced to the United States Board on Geographic Names Geographic Names Information System. Please see the Geographic Names Information System. All these locations are referenced to the North American Datum of 1983.
  4. ^ A highway or railroad may cross a ridge at a point other than the natural saddle point.

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