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.

Mountain passes and highway summits traversed by improved roads[edit]

Pass[1] Maximum elevation[2] Maximum grade[3] Road surface[4] Route[5] WGS84[6]
Trail Ridge High Point[7] 12,183 feet
3,713 m
5.4% WB Asphalt US Highway Route 34 40°25′42″N 105°45′32″W / 40.42839°N 105.75898°W / 40.42839; -105.75898 (Trail Ridge High Point)
Cottonwood Pass[8] 12,126 feet
3,696 m
Asphalt east
Gravel west
Chaffee CR 306
Gunnison CR 209
38°49′40″N 106°24′33″W / 38.8277726°N 106.4091921°W / 38.8277726; -106.4091921 (Cottonwood Pass)
Independence Pass[8] 12,095 feet
3,687 m
6.0% Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 82 39°06′32″N 106°33′50″W / 39.1088793°N 106.5639194°W / 39.1088793; -106.5639194 (Independence Pass)
Cumberland Pass 12,015 feet
3,662 m
Gravel 38°41′21″N 106°29′03″W / 38.6891616°N 106.4841944°W / 38.6891616; -106.4841944 (Cumberland Pass)
Loveland Pass[8] 11,992 feet
3,655 m
6.0% Asphalt US Highway Route 6 39°39′49″N 105°52′45″W / 39.6635979°N 105.8791783°W / 39.6635979; -105.8791783 (Loveland Pass)
Iceberg Pass 11,827 feet
3,605 m[9]
Asphalt US Highway Route 34 40°25′03″N 105°44′46″W / 40.4174840°N 105.7461187°W / 40.4174840; -105.7461187 (Iceberg Pass)
Fall River Pass 11,796 feet
3,595 m
Asphalt west
Gravel east
Fall River Road[10] 40°26′29″N 105°45′11″W / 40.44141°N 105.75309°W / 40.44141; -105.75309 (Fall River Pass)
Guanella Pass 11,669 feet
3,557 m[9]
Asphalt north
Gravel south
Guanella Pass Road 39°35′42″N 105°42′40″W / 39.5949872°N 105.7111165°W / 39.5949872; -105.7111165 (Guanella Pass)
Hoosier Pass[8] 11,541 feet
3,518 m
8.0% NB Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 9 39°21′42″N 106°03′45″W / 39.3616552°N 106.0625190°W / 39.3616552; -106.0625190 (Hoosier Pass)
Slumgullion Summit 11,530 feet
3,514 m
9.4% NB
7.9% SB
Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 149 37°59′15″N 107°12′48″W / 37.98755°N 107.21342°W / 37.98755; -107.21342 (Slumgullion Summit)
Boreas Pass[8] 11,482 feet
3,500 m
Gravel 39°24′40″N 105°58′10″W / 39.4110990°N 105.9694607°W / 39.4110990; -105.9694607 (Boreas Pass)
Old Monarch Pass[8] 11,375 feet
3,467 m
Gravel former US 50 38°29′48″N 106°20′17″W / 38.4966634°N 106.3380805°W / 38.4966634; -106.3380805 (Old Monarch Pass)
Fremont Pass[8] 11,318 feet
3,450 m
5.7% Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 91 39°21′59″N 106°11′12″W / 39.3663772°N 106.1866890°W / 39.3663772; -106.1866890 (Fremont Pass)
Berthoud Pass[8] 11,315 feet
3,449 m
6.1% NB
6.0% SB
Asphalt US Highway Route 40 39°47′54″N 105°46′40″W / 39.7983203°N 105.7777849°W / 39.7983203; -105.7777849 (Berthoud Pass)
Monarch Pass[8] 11,312 feet
3,448 m
6.4% Asphalt US Highway Route 50 38°29′48″N 106°19′32″W / 38.4966636°N 106.3255801°W / 38.4966636; -106.3255801 (Monarch Pass)
Cordova Pass 11,248 feet
3,428 m[9]
Gravel 37°20′54″N 105°01′29″W / 37.3483477°N 105.0247231°W / 37.3483477; -105.0247231 (Cordova Pass)
Eisenhower Tunnel[11] 11,158 feet
3,401 m
7.0% EB
6.0% WB
Concrete Interstate Highway Route 70 39°40′44″N 105°55′29″W / 39.67897°N 105.92486°W / 39.67897; -105.92486 (Eisenhower Tunnel)
Shrine Pass 11,089 feet
3,380 m[9]
Gravel former SH 293 39°32′46″N 106°14′27″W / 39.54614°N 106.24083°W / 39.54614; -106.24083 (Shrine Pass)
Juniper Pass 11,020 feet
3,359 m
Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 103 39°40′19″N 105°33′53″W / 39.67196°N 105.56472°W / 39.67196; -105.56472 (Juniper Pass)
Red Mountain Pass 11,018 feet
3,358 m
7.2% Asphalt US Highway Route 550 37°53′56″N 107°42′43″W / 37.8988840°N 107.7120057°W / 37.8988840; -107.7120057 (Red Mountain Pass)
Molas Pass 10,910 feet
3,325 m
7.0% Asphalt US Highway Route 550 37°44′16″N 107°41′53″W / 37.7377751°N 107.6981179°W / 37.7377751; -107.6981179 (Molas Pass)
Spring Creek Pass[8] 10,901 feet
3,323 m
7.5% Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 149 37°56′27″N 107°09′33″W / 37.9408311°N 107.1592184°W / 37.9408311; -107.1592184 (Spring Creek Pass)
Wolf Creek Pass[8] 10,850 feet
3,307 m
6.8% Asphalt US Highway Route 160 37°28′59″N 106°48′07″W / 37.48318°N 106.80207°W / 37.48318; -106.80207 (Wolf Creek Pass)
Marshall Pass[8] 10,842 feet
3,305 m
Gravel 38°23′29″N 106°14′50″W / 38.3913877°N 106.2472458°W / 38.3913877; -106.2472458 (Marshall Pass)
Grand Mesa Summit[12] 10,839 feet
3,304 m
6.4% NB Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 65 39°01′39″N 108°01′54″W / 39.02744°N 108.03163°W / 39.02744; -108.03163 (Grand Mesa Summit)
Milner Pass[7][8] 10,759 feet
3,279 m
5.4% WB Asphalt US Highway Route 34 40°25′11″N 105°48′41″W / 40.4197060°N 105.8113990°W / 40.4197060; -105.8113990 (Milner Pass)
Vail Pass 10,666 feet
3,251 m
7.0% Asphalt Interstate Highway Route 70 39°31′50″N 106°13′02″W / 39.5305420°N 106.2172469°W / 39.5305420; -106.2172469 (Vail Pass)
Coal Bank Pass 10,640 feet
3,243 m
6.5% NB Asphalt US Highway Route 550 37°42′02″N 107°46′37″W / 37.7005528°N 107.7770087°W / 37.7005528; -107.7770087 (Coal Bank Pass)
Tennessee Pass 10,424 feet
3,177 m
6.0% Asphalt US Highway Route 24 39°21′44″N 106°18′38″W / 39.36210°N 106.31043°W / 39.36210; -106.31043 (Tennessee Pass)
Ripple Creek Pass 10,343 feet
3,153 m[9]
Gravel former SH 132 40°06′43″N 107°17′44″W / 40.1119248°N 107.2956115°W / 40.1119248; -107.2956115 (Ripple Creek Pass)
Buffalo Pass[8] 10,300 feet
3,139 m[9]
Gravel 40°32′37″N 106°41′06″W / 40.5435886°N 106.6850437°W / 40.5435886; -106.6850437 (Buffalo Pass)
Cameron Pass 10,276 feet
3,132 m
3.8% EB
3.1% WB
Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 14 40°31′15″N 105°53′33″W / 40.5208158°N 105.8925128°W / 40.5208158; -105.8925128 (Cameron Pass)
La Manga Pass 10,230 feet
3,118 m
5.2% Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 17 37°04′39″N 106°23′10″W / 37.0775096°N 106.3861430°W / 37.0775096; -106.3861430 (La Manga Pass)
Lizard Head Pass 10,222 feet
3,116 m
4.1% Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 145 37°48′40″N 107°54′22″W / 37.8111060°N 107.9061783°W / 37.8111060; -107.9061783 (Lizard Head Pass)
North Pass[8] 10,149 feet
3,093 m
6.0% Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 114 38°12′51″N 106°34′21″W / 38.21425°N 106.57239°W / 38.21425; -106.57239 (North Pass)
Ohio Pass 10,065 feet
3,068 m
Gravel Gunnison CR 703 38°50′05″N 107°05′30″W / 38.8347153°N 107.0917150°W / 38.8347153; -107.0917150 (Ohio Pass)
Red Hill Pass 10,051 feet
3,064 m[9]
6.0% Asphalt US Highway Route 285 39°16′03″N 105°57′40″W / 39.2674141°N 105.9612036°W / 39.2674141; -105.9612036 (Red Hill Pass)
Cochetopa Pass[8] 10,022 feet
3,055 m
6.0% Gravel former SH 114 38°09′46″N 106°36′00″W / 38.1627°N 106.59996°W / 38.1627; -106.59996 (Cochetopa Pass)
Cumbres Pass 10,022 feet
3,055 m
6.3% Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 17 37°01′14″N 106°27′00″W / 37.0205662°N 106.4500328°W / 37.0205662; -106.4500328 (Cumbres Pass)
Kebler Pass 10,007 feet
3,050 m
Gravel except asphalt over pass former SH 135 38°50′51″N 107°05′54″W / 38.84759°N 107.09837°W / 38.84759; -107.09837 (Kebler Pass)
Kenosha Pass 10,001 feet
3,048 m
5.3% EB Asphalt US Highway Route 285 39°24′46″N 105°45′27″W / 39.4127556°N 105.7574844°W / 39.4127556; -105.7574844 (Kenosha Pass)
Cucharas Pass 9,941 feet
3,030 m[9]
5.9% NB
5.4% SB
Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 12 37°19′13″N 105°04′25″W / 37.3202922°N 105.0736148°W / 37.3202922; -105.0736148 (Cucharas Pass)
Dunckley Pass 9,763 feet
2,976 m[9]
Gravel former SH 132 40°12′06″N 107°09′31″W / 40.2016473°N 107.1586644°W / 40.2016473; -107.1586644 (Dunckley Pass)
Willow Creek Pass[8] 9,621 feet
2,932 m[9]
6.3% Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 125 40°21′01″N 106°05′21″W / 40.35021°N 106.08927°W / 40.35021; -106.08927 (Willow Creek Pass)
Old Rabbit Ears Pass[8] 9,573 feet
2,918 m
Asphalt former US 40 40°23′59″N 106°37′03″W / 40.39971°N 106.61749°W / 40.39971; -106.61749 (Old Rabbit Ears Pass)
Gore Pass 9,527 feet
2,904 m
6.3% Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 134 40°04′33″N 106°33′39″W / 40.0758190°N 106.5608697°W / 40.0758190; -106.5608697 (Gore Pass)
Wilkerson Pass 9,507 feet
2,898 m
5.8% Asphalt US Highway Route 24 39°02′17″N 105°31′32″W / 39.0380473°N 105.5255561°W / 39.0380473; -105.5255561 (Wilkerson Pass)
Currant Creek Pass 9,482 feet
2,890 m
Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 9 38°50′13″N 105°38′10″W / 38.8369378°N 105.6361114°W / 38.8369378; -105.6361114 (Currant Creek Pass)
Rabbit Ears Pass[8] 9,426 feet
2,873 m
6.8% Asphalt US Highway Route 40 40°23′05″N 106°36′42″W / 40.38470°N 106.61171°W / 40.38470; -106.61171 (Rabbit Ears Pass)
North La Veta Pass 9,413 feet
2,869 m
6.0% Asphalt US Highway Route 160 37°36′48″N 105°11′27″W / 37.6133412°N 105.1908351°W / 37.6133412; -105.1908351 (North La Veta Pass)
Bigelow Divide 9,403 feet
2,866 m
Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 96 38°05′55″N 105°07′40″W / 38.0986154°N 105.1277701°W / 38.0986154; -105.1277701 (Bigelow Divide)
Pass Creek Pass 9,400 feet
2,865 m
Gravel former SH 305 37°37′14″N 105°13′46″W / 37.6205628°N 105.2294475°W / 37.6205628; -105.2294475 (Pass Creek Pass)
La Veta Pass 9,380 feet
2,859 m[9]
Gravel former US 160 37°35′35″N 105°12′12″W / 37.59306°N 105.20334°W / 37.59306; -105.20334 (La Veta Pass)
Trout Creek Pass 9,346 feet
2,849 m
5.2% Asphalt US Highway Route 24US Highway Route 285 38°54′36″N 105°58′30″W / 38.9099949°N 105.9750131°W / 38.9099949; -105.9750131 (Trout Creek Pass)
Battle Mountain Summit 9,267 feet
2,825 m
Asphalt US Highway Route 24 39°31′23″N 106°23′23″W / 39.52302°N 106.38966°W / 39.52302; -106.38966 (Battle Mountain Summit)
Ute Pass 9,165 feet
2,793 m
5.6% Asphalt US Highway Route 24 38°56′30″N 105°09′27″W / 38.9416578°N 105.1574868°W / 38.9416578; -105.1574868 (Ute Pass)
Wind River Pass 9,130 feet
2,783 m[9]
Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 7 40°17′45″N 105°32′38″W / 40.2958176°N 105.5438888°W / 40.2958176; -105.5438888 (Wind River Pass)
Black Mesa Summit 9,121 feet
2,780 m
Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 92 38°28′33″N 107°32′52″W / 38.47575°N 107.54780°W / 38.47575; -107.54780 (Black Mesa Summit)
Hardscrabble Pass 9,085 feet
2,769 m
Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 96 38°09′32″N 105°17′58″W / 38.15897°N 105.29943°W / 38.15897; -105.29943 (Hardscrabble Pass)
Poncha Pass 9,010 feet
2,746 m
2.9% Asphalt US Highway Route 285 38°25′20″N 106°05′13″W / 38.4222204°N 106.0869615°W / 38.4222204; -106.0869615 (Poncha Pass)
Dallas Divide 8,970 feet
2,734 m
6.4% EB
5.0% WB
Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 62 38°05′40″N 107°53′18″W / 38.0944357°N 107.8883971°W / 38.0944357; -107.8883971 (Dallas Divide)
McClure Pass 8,755 feet
2,669 m
8.0% Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 133 39°07′44″N 107°17′02″W / 39.1288754°N 107.2839398°W / 39.1288754; -107.2839398 (McClure Pass)
Muddy Pass[8] 8,710 feet
2,655 m[9]
5.6% Asphalt US Highway Route 40 40°22′45″N 106°34′44″W / 40.37904°N 106.57901°W / 40.37904; -106.57901 (Muddy Pass)
Blue Mesa Summit[8] 8,704 feet
2,653 m
Asphalt US Highway Route 160 38°23′10″N 107°25′58″W / 38.38604°N 107.43284°W / 38.38604; -107.43284 (Blue Mesa Summit)
Wondervu Hill 8,660 feet
2,640 m
Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 72 39°55′28″N 105°23′48″W / 39.92435°N 105.39677°W / 39.92435; -105.39677 (Wondervu Hill)
Baxter Pass 8,400 feet
2,560 m[9]
Gravel 39°34′55″N 108°57′09″W / 39.5819192°N 108.9526058°W / 39.5819192; -108.9526058 (Baxter Pass)
Gunsight Pass 8,332 feet
2,540 m[9]
Gravel former SH 289 40°12′33″N 106°19′54″W / 40.2091512°N 106.3316971°W / 40.2091512; -106.3316971 (Gunsight Pass)
Douglas Pass 8,268 feet
2,520 m
7.0% Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 139 39°35′51″N 108°48′11″W / 39.5974761°N 108.8031572°W / 39.5974761; -108.8031572 (Douglas Pass)
Cerro Summit 7,958 feet
2,426 m
Asphalt US Highway Route 50 38°26′38″N 107°38′29″W / 38.44400°N 107.64144°W / 38.44400; -107.64144 (Cerro Summit)
Raton Pass[13] 7,830 feet
2,387 m[13]
Asphalt Interstate Highway Route 25 36°59′26″N 104°28′54″W / 36.99064°N 104.48180°W / 36.99064; -104.48180 (Raton Pass)
Floyd Hill 7,820 feet
2,384 m
Asphalt Interstate Highway Route 70 39°43′22″N 105°24′49″W / 39.72269°N 105.41372°W / 39.72269; -105.41372 (Floyd Hill)
Yellowjacket Pass 7,783 feet
2,372 m
Asphalt US Highway Route 160 37°15′45″N 107°26′55″W / 37.2625034°N 107.4486630°W / 37.2625034; -107.4486630 (Yellowjacket Pass)
Golden Gate Pass 7,754 feet
2,363 m[9]
Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 46Jefferson County Road 70 39°48′57″N 105°23′49″W / 39.81579°N 105.39697°W / 39.81579; -105.39697 (Golden Gate Pass)
Yellow Jacket Pass 7,420 feet
2,262 m[9]
Gravel Routt CR 114 40°18′11″N 106°52′13″W / 40.3030364°N 106.8703255°W / 40.3030364; -106.8703255 (Yellow Jacket Pass)
Monument Hill 7,352 feet
2,241 m
Asphalt Interstate Highway Route 25 39°07′26″N 104°51′51″W / 39.12398°N 104.86428°W / 39.12398; -104.86428 (Monument Hill)
Palmer Saddle 7,230 feet
2,204 m
Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 105 39°07′22″N 104°54′46″W / 39.12289°N 104.91290°W / 39.12289; -104.91290 (Palmer Saddle)
Unaweep Divide 7,048 feet
2,148 m
Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 141 38°47′26″N 108°39′18″W / 38.7905393°N 108.6550963°W / 38.7905393; -108.6550963 (Unaweep Divide)
Gypsum Gap 6,100 feet
1,859 m
Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 141 38°01′20″N 108°42′33″W / 38.0222144°N 108.7092640°W / 38.0222144; -108.7092640 (Gypsum Gap)

Mountain summit highways[edit]

Highway[14] Maximum elevation Maximum grade[3] Road surface[4] Route[5] WGS84[6]
Mount Evans Scenic Byway[15] 14,160 feet
4,316 m[9]
15% Asphalt Colorado State Highway Route 5 39°35′17″N 105°38′33″W / 39.58793°N 105.64245°W / 39.58793; -105.64245 (Mount Evans)
Pikes Peak Highway[16] 14,115 feet
4,302 m[17]
8% Asphalt Pikes Peak Toll Road 38°50′26″N 105°02′40″W / 38.84054°N 105.04442°W / 38.84054; -105.04442 (Pikes Peak)

Mountain passes traversed by unimproved roads[edit]

Weston Pass and the southern Mosquito Range
Pass[1] Elevation[18] Road WGS84[6]
Argentine Pass[8][19] 13,207 feet
4,025 m[9]
39°37′31″N 105°46′57″W / 39.6252648°N 105.7825078°W / 39.6252648; -105.7825078 (Argentine Pass)
Mosquito Pass 13,186 feet
4,019 m[9]
former SH 300 39°16′53″N 106°11′10″W / 39.2813783°N 106.1861328°W / 39.2813783; -106.1861328 (Mosquito Pass)
Imogene Pass 13,117 feet
3,998 m
37°55′56″N 107°44′10″W / 37.9322167°N 107.7361723°W / 37.9322167; -107.7361723 (Imogene Pass)
California Pass[20] 12,960 feet
3,950 m
37°54′46″N 107°36′32″W / 37.91273°N 107.60884°W / 37.91273; -107.60884 (California Pass)
Black Bear Pass 12,840 feet
3,914 m
FSR 648 37°53′58″N 107°44′32″W / 37.89951°N 107.74233°W / 37.89951; -107.74233 (Black Bear Pass)
Engineer Pass[21][22] 12,800 feet
3,901 m
37°58′32″N 107°35′04″W / 37.9755509°N 107.5845038°W / 37.9755509; -107.5845038 (Engineer Pass)
Hurricane Pass[23] 12,730 feet
3,880 m
37°55′03″N 107°37′01″W / 37.91754°N 107.61702°W / 37.91754; -107.61702 (Hurricane Pass)
Pearl Pass 12,713 feet
3,875 m
38°58′46″N 106°49′24″W / 38.9794358°N 106.8233723°W / 38.9794358; -106.8233723 (Pearl Pass)
Stony Pass[24] 12,650 feet
3,856 m
37°47′43″N 107°32′58″W / 37.7952754°N 107.5495039°W / 37.7952754; -107.5495039 (Stony Pass)
Cinnamon Pass[21][25] 12,640 feet
3,853 m
37°56′02″N 107°32′16″W / 37.9338850°N 107.5378368°W / 37.9338850; -107.5378368 (Cinnamon Pass)
Jones Pass[8] 12,454 feet
3,796 m
39°46′25″N 105°53′21″W / 39.7735978°N 105.8891785°W / 39.7735978; -105.8891785 (Jones Pass)
Hancock Pass 12,208 feet
3,721 m
38°37′15″N 106°22′27″W / 38.6208293°N 106.3741919°W / 38.6208293; -106.3741919 (Hancock Pass)
Webster Pass[8] 12,140 feet
3,700 m
39°31′52″N 105°49′58″W / 39.5310980°N 105.8327881°W / 39.5310980; -105.8327881 (Webster Pass)
Gunsight Pass 12,057 feet
3,675 m
38°53′05″N 107°03′31″W / 38.8847145°N 107.0586584°W / 38.8847145; -107.0586584 (Gunsight Pass)
Hagerman Pass[8] 11,925 feet
3,635 m[9]
former SH 104
(Carlton Tunnel)
39°15′54″N 106°29′02″W / 39.2649883°N 106.4839177°W / 39.2649883; -106.4839177 (Hagerman Pass)
Weston Pass 11,921 feet
3,634 m
39°07′53″N 106°10′56″W / 39.1313809°N 106.1822427°W / 39.1313809; -106.1822427 (Weston Pass)
Ophir Pass 11,789 feet
3,593 m
37°51′02″N 107°46′46″W / 37.8505508°N 107.7795075°W / 37.8505508; -107.7795075 (Ophir Pass)
Ptarmigan Pass 11,777 feet
3,590 m
39°29′35″N 106°15′12″W / 39.4930421°N 106.2533590°W / 39.4930421; -106.2533590 (Ptarmigan Pass)
Rollins Pass[8] 11,660 feet
3,554 m
former SH 138 39°56′03″N 105°40′58″W / 39.9341537°N 105.6827817°W / 39.9341537; -105.6827817 (Rollins Pass)
Georgia Pass 11,585 feet
3,531 m
39°27′30″N 105°55′00″W / 39.4583206°N 105.9166807°W / 39.4583206; -105.9166807 (Georgia Pass)
Hayden Pass 10,712 feet
3,265 m
38°17′35″N 105°51′02″W / 38.2930541°N 105.8505653°W / 38.2930541; -105.8505653 (Hayden Pass)
Schofield Pass 10,707 feet
3,263 m
former SH 327 39°00′54″N 107°02′48″W / 39.0149903°N 107.0467130°W / 39.0149903; -107.0467130 (Schofield Pass)
Medano Pass 9,931 feet
3,027 m
37°51′22″N 105°25′58″W / 37.8561128°N 105.4327844°W / 37.8561128; -105.4327844 (Medano Pass)
Squaw Pass 9,790 feet
2,984 m[9]
immediately south of SH 103 39°40′45″N 105°28′25″W / 39.6791550°N 105.4736076°W / 39.6791550; -105.4736076 (Squaw Pass)
Black Sage Pass 9,721 feet
2,963 m
38°29′26″N 106°27′06″W / 38.4905509°N 106.4516948°W / 38.4905509; -106.4516948 (Black Sage Pass)
Sangre de Cristo Pass 9,472 feet
2,887 m
37°37′10″N 105°11′42″W / 37.6194521°N 105.1950018°W / 37.6194521; -105.1950018 (Sangre de Cristo Pass)
Arapaho Pass[8] 8,953 feet
2,729 m
40°23′06″N 106°28′21″W / 40.3849824°N 106.4725345°W / 40.3849824; -106.4725345 (Arapaho Pass)
Red Mountain Pass 8,245 feet
2,513 m
40°58′59″N 105°56′12″W / 40.9830325°N 105.9366729°W / 40.9830325; -105.9366729 (Red Mountain Pass)

Mountain passes traversed by foot trails[edit]

Pass[1] Elevation[18] Trail WGS84[6]
Electric Pass[26] 13,494 feet
4,113 m
39°02′48″N 106°51′11″W / 39.0466569°N 106.8530957°W / 39.0466569; -106.8530957 (Electric Pass)
Elkhead Pass 13,245 feet
4,037 m
38°57′06″N 106°22′02″W / 38.9516607°N 106.3672468°W / 38.9516607; -106.3672468 (Elkhead Pass)
The Keyhole 13,163 feet
4,012 m
40°15′39″N 105°37′16″W / 40.2608180°N 105.6211145°W / 40.2608180; -105.6211145 (The Keyhole)
The Notch 13,035 feet
3,973 m
40°15′15″N 105°36′49″W / 40.25415°N 105.61350°W / 40.25415; -105.61350 (The Notch)
Hermit Pass 13,015 feet
3,967 m
38°05′41″N 105°39′17″W / 38.09471°N 105.65477°W / 38.09471; -105.65477 (Hermit Pass)
Blue Lake Pass 12,969 feet
3,953 m
37°59′52″N 107°47′43″W / 37.9977711°N 107.7953395°W / 37.9977711; -107.7953395 (Blue Lake Pass)
Denver Pass 12,907 feet
3,934 m
37°57′17″N 107°33′43″W / 37.9547179°N 107.5620037°W / 37.9547179; -107.5620037 (Denver Pass)
Triangle Pass 12,907 feet
3,934 m
38°59′40″N 106°54′28″W / 38.9944355°N 106.9078200°W / 38.9944355; -106.9078200 (Triangle Pass)
The Window 12,877 feet
3,925 m
37°40′08″N 107°23′34″W / 37.6688887°N 107.3928336°W / 37.6688887; -107.3928336 (The Window)
Trimble Pass 12,874 feet
3,924 m
37°34′47″N 107°35′51″W / 37.5797220°N 107.5975598°W / 37.5797220; -107.5975598 (Trimble Pass)
Red Mountain Pass[8] 12,860 feet
3,920 m
39°00′48″N 106°35′40″W / 39.01331°N 106.59444°W / 39.01331; -106.59444 (Red Mountain Pass)
Fall Creek Pass 12,848 feet
3,916 m
39°26′32″N 106°28′38″W / 39.44215°N 106.47719°W / 39.44215; -106.47719 (Fall Creek Pass)
Conundrum Pass 12,779 feet
3,895 m
39°00′26″N 106°54′34″W / 39.0072131°N 106.9094867°W / 39.0072131; -106.9094867 (Conundrum Pass)
McHenrys Notch 12,736 feet
3,882 m
40°15′50″N 105°39′42″W / 40.2638737°N 105.6616716°W / 40.2638737; -105.6616716 (McHenrys Notch)
Coffeepot Pass 12,726 feet
3,879 m
38°59′32″N 106°54′11″W / 38.9922133°N 106.9030976°W / 38.9922133; -106.9030976 (Coffeepot Pass)
Sunnyside Saddle 12,677 feet
3,864 m
37°54′26″N 107°37′08″W / 37.90720°N 107.61901°W / 37.90720; -107.61901 (Sunnyside Saddle)
Columbine Pass 12,674 feet
3,863 m
37°35′56″N 107°36′12″W / 37.5988885°N 107.6033934°W / 37.5988885; -107.6033934 (Columbine Pass)
Richmond Pass 12,667 feet
3,861 m
37°56′50″N 107°42′09″W / 37.9472168°N 107.7025606°W / 37.9472168; -107.7025606 (Richmond Pass)
Willow Pass 12,556 feet
3,827 m
39°06′33″N 106°59′08″W / 39.1091550°N 106.9856004°W / 39.1091550; -106.9856004 (Willow Pass)
Whiskey Pass 12,549 feet
3,825 m
former SH 152 37°12′08″N 105°10′03″W / 37.2022387°N 105.1675085°W / 37.2022387; -105.1675085 (Whiskey Pass)
Heckert Pass 12,546 feet
3,824 m
39°07′25″N 107°02′31″W / 39.12371°N 107.04183°W / 39.12371; -107.04183 (Heckert Pass)
Pawnee Pass[8] 12,542 feet
3,823 m
40°04′33″N 105°38′06″W / 40.0758195°N 105.6350029°W / 40.0758195; -105.6350029 (Pawnee Pass)
Venable Pass 12,539 feet
3,822 m
38°03′56″N 105°37′32″W / 38.0655549°N 105.6255632°W / 38.0655549; -105.6255632 (Venable Pass)
Halfmoon Pass 12,523 feet
3,817 m
37°54′03″N 106°47′03″W / 37.9008321°N 106.7842089°W / 37.9008321; -106.7842089 (Halfmoon Pass)
Copper Pass 12,510 feet
3,813 m
38°59′58″N 106°54′55″W / 38.9994354°N 106.9153202°W / 38.9994354; -106.9153202 (Copper Pass)
Stone Man Pass 12,506 feet
3,812 m
40°15′34″N 105°39′10″W / 40.2594292°N 105.6527824°W / 40.2594292; -105.6527824 (Stone Man Pass)
Hunchback Pass 12,500 feet
3,810 m
37°42′17″N 107°31′12″W / 37.7047210°N 107.5200586°W / 37.7047210; -107.5200586 (Hunchback Pass)
Buckskin Pass 12,462 feet
3,798 m
39°06′07″N 106°59′31″W / 39.1019329°N 106.9919896°W / 39.1019329; -106.9919896 (Buckskin Pass)
Trail Rider Pass 12,421 feet
3,786 m
39°06′17″N 107°02′56″W / 39.1046886°N 107.0489359°W / 39.1046886; -107.0489359 (Trail Rider Pass)
Cony Pass 12,418 feet
3,785 m
40°10′41″N 105°39′58″W / 40.1780410°N 105.6661159°W / 40.1780410; -105.6661159 (Cony Pass)
Frigid Air Pass 12,408 feet
3,782 m
39°03′13″N 107°01′13″W / 39.0536006°N 107.0203237°W / 39.0536006; -107.0203237 (Frigid Air Pass)
West Maroon Pass 12,408 feet
3,782 m
39°02′09″N 106°59′51″W / 39.0358232°N 106.9975454°W / 39.0358232; -106.9975454 (West Maroon Pass)
The Saddle 12,398 feet
3,779 m
40°28′45″N 105°39′25″W / 40.4791501°N 105.6569479°W / 40.4791501; -105.6569479 (The Saddle)
Fancy Pass 12,398 feet
3,779 m
39°24′38″N 106°30′23″W / 39.4105423°N 106.5064192°W / 39.4105423; -106.5064192 (Fancy Pass)
Storm Pass 12,355 feet
3,766 m
38°42′44″N 107°10′37″W / 38.7122167°N 107.1769962°W / 38.7122167; -107.1769962 (Storm Pass)
Lake Pass[8] 12,218 feet
3,724 m
38°59′49″N 106°33′43″W / 38.9969368°N 106.5619746°W / 38.9969368; -106.5619746 (Lake Pass)
Gunsight Pass 12,201 feet
3,719 m
37°15′43″N 106°41′11″W / 37.2619515°N 106.6864236°W / 37.2619515; -106.6864236 (Gunsight Pass)
Gunsight Pass 12,185 feet
3,714 m
38°41′00″N 106°35′59″W / 38.6833273°N 106.5997532°W / 38.6833273; -106.5997532 (Gunsight Pass)
Ptarmigan Pass[8] 12,168 feet
3,709 m
40°18′38″N 105°42′04″W / 40.3105402°N 105.7011174°W / 40.3105402; -105.7011174 (Ptarmigan Pass)
Black Powder Pass[8] 12,159 feet
3,706 m
39°25′25″N 105°57′19″W / 39.4235988°N 105.9552934°W / 39.4235988; -105.9552934 (Black Powder Pass)
Tincup Pass[8] 12,154 feet
3,705 m[9]
38°42′33″N 106°26′03″W / 38.70922°N 106.43426°W / 38.70922; -106.43426 (Tincup Pass)
Chalk Creek Pass 12,139 feet
3,700 m
38°36′23″N 106°21′02″W / 38.6063852°N 106.3505802°W / 38.6063852; -106.3505802 (Chalk Creek Pass)
Avalanche Pass 12,100 feet
3,688 m
39°06′41″N 107°08′38″W / 39.1113766°N 107.1439370°W / 39.1113766; -107.1439370 (Avalanche Pass)
Granite Pass 12,083 feet
3,683 m
40°16′28″N 105°36′20″W / 40.2744290°N 105.6055582°W / 40.2744290; -105.6055582 (Granite Pass)
Boulder-Grand Pass[8] 12,077 feet
3,681 m
40°13′28″N 105°40′09″W / 40.2244295°N 105.6691718°W / 40.2244295; -105.6691718 (Boulder-Grand Pass)
French Pass[8] 12,046 feet
3,672 m
39°26′22″N 105°57′05″W / 39.4394319°N 105.9514043°W / 39.4394319; -105.9514043 (French Pass)
Napoleon Pass 12,034 feet
3,668 m
38°41′56″N 106°27′37″W / 38.6988840°N 106.4603048°W / 38.6988840; -106.4603048 (Napoleon Pass)
Searle Pass 12,034 feet
3,668 m
Colorado Trail 39°27′31″N 106°13′40″W / 39.4585981°N 106.2278022°W / 39.4585981; -106.2278022 (Searle Pass)
Kokomo Pass[8] 12,027 feet
3,666 m
Colorado Trail 39°25′43″N 106°13′38″W / 39.4285985°N 106.2272464°W / 39.4285985; -106.2272464 (Kokomo Pass)
Browns Pass[8] 11,998 feet
3,657 m
38°51′14″N 106°21′34″W / 38.8538838°N 106.3594687°W / 38.8538838; -106.3594687 (Browns Pass)
Tomichi Pass 11,962 feet
3,646 m
38°36′13″N 106°23′00″W / 38.6036070°N 106.3833589°W / 38.6036070; -106.3833589 (Tomichi Pass)
Taylor Pass 11,929 feet
3,636 m
39°01′13″N 106°45′20″W / 39.0202688°N 106.7555921°W / 39.0202688; -106.7555921 (Taylor Pass)
Uneva Pass 11,922 feet
3,634 m
39°32′46″N 106°11′00″W / 39.5460975°N 106.1833568°W / 39.5460975; -106.1833568 (Uneva Pass)
Arapaho Pass[8] 11,905 feet
3,629 m
40°00′52″N 105°40′41″W / 40.0144312°N 105.6780597°W / 40.0144312; -105.6780597 (Arapaho Pass)
Eccles Pass 11,893 feet
3,625 m
39°36′27″N 106°10′19″W / 39.6074862°N 106.1719677°W / 39.6074862; -106.1719677 (Eccles Pass)
Rogers Pass[8] 11,886 feet
3,623 m
39°52′13″N 105°41′47″W / 39.87021°N 105.69643°W / 39.87021; -105.69643 (Rogers Pass)
Buchanan Pass[8] 11,837 feet
3,608 m
40°07′52″N 105°37′49″W / 40.1310969°N 105.6302808°W / 40.1310969; -105.6302808 (Buchanan Pass)
Caribou Pass 11,804 feet
3,598 m
40°01′12″N 105°41′27″W / 40.0199868°N 105.6908380°W / 40.0199868; -105.6908380 (Caribou Pass)
Ptarmigan Pass 11,777 feet
3,590 m
39°41′11″N 106°00′12″W / 39.68645°N 106.00321°W / 39.68645; -106.00321 (Ptarmigan Pass)
Vasquez Pass[8] 11,693 feet
3,564 m
39°47′16″N 105°49′45″W / 39.7877647°N 105.8291760°W / 39.7877647; -105.8291760 (Vasquez Pass)
Timberline Pass 11,484 feet
3,500 m
40°22′32″N 105°40′20″W / 40.3755397°N 105.6722269°W / 40.3755397; -105.6722269 (Timberline Pass)
Juniper Pass 11,040 feet
3,365 m
immediately south of SH 103 39°40′20″N 105°33′54″W / 39.6722102°N 105.5649996°W / 39.6722102; -105.5649996 (Juniper Pass)
La Poudre Pass[8] 10,175 feet
3,101 m[9]
40°28′36″N 105°49′24″W / 40.4766500°N 105.8233437°W / 40.4766500; -105.8233437 (La Poudre Pass)
Windy Pass 9,957 feet
3,035 m
37°25′36″N 106°51′14″W / 37.4266741°N 106.8539299°W / 37.4266741; -106.8539299 (Windy Pass)
Mosca Pass 9,750 feet
2,972 m
former SH 150 37°43′58″N 105°27′16″W / 37.7327799°N 105.4544542°W / 37.7327799; -105.4544542 (Mosca Pass)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Pass name from the United States Geographic Names Information System except as noted.
  2. ^ Maximum topographic elevation data from the Colorado Department of Transportation except as noted.
  3. ^ a b Maximum grade data from the Colorado Department of Transportation except as noted.
  4. ^ a b Road surface material information from the Colorado Department of Transportation except as noted.
  5. ^ a b Route information from the Colorado Department of Transportation except as noted.
  6. ^ a b c d World Geodetic System 1984 location coordinates from the United States Geographic Names Information System except as noted.
  7. ^ a b Trail Ridge Road (U.S. Highway Route 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 highway is closed from about October 22 through about May 22.
  8. ^ 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 This pass lies on the Continental Divide of the Americas.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x Topographic elevation data from United States Geological Survey 1:24000 topographic map.
  10. ^ Fall River Road is closed due to flood damage until about July 1, 2015.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ a b Raton Pass is the highest point on Interstate Highway Route 25. The pass is located 1,132 feet (345 m) south of the Colorado state line in the New Mexico. I-25 has an elevation of approximately 7,820 feet (2,384 m) at the state line.
  14. ^ Highway name from the Colorado Department of Transportation.
  15. ^ The Mount Evans Scenic Byway, Colorado State Highway Route 5, ends about one quarter mile (400 m) from the summit of Mount Evans. The highway is the highest paved road in North America. The highway is closed during the winter, and the upper section above Summit Lake at 12,836 feet (3,912 m) is closed from about September 30 through about June 10.
  16. ^ Pikes Peak Highway ends on the summit of Pikes Peak. Pikes Peak is the most visited mountain summit in North America.
  17. ^ "PIKES PEAK". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved January 21, 2015. 
  18. ^ a b Topographic elevation data from the United States Geographic Names Information System except as noted.
  19. ^ Argentine Pass is the highest road over the Continental Divide in North America.
  20. ^ http://i0.wp.com/farm8.staticflickr.com/7373/9330245523_63309fa6c8_z.jpg
  21. ^ a b http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Information/newsroom/2006/AntiquitiesCentennial.html
  22. ^ http://m2.i.pbase.com/u6/jdjetting1/large/35280962.EngineerPass1.jpg
  23. ^ http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7099/7397510146_00c07aa4b3_z.jpg
  24. ^ http://lizardheadcyclingguides.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/image010.jpg
  25. ^ http://images.everytrail.com/pics/fullsize/2634575-9_Cinnamon_Pass.JPG
  26. ^ Electric Pass is the highest named pass in the Rocky Mountains of North America.

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