Head ‘Em Off at the Pass

The Continental Divide Never Looked So Good

Some of the best views in Colorado are from the top of its many passes. Here are some of our favorites:

Cottonwood Pass
At an elevation 12,126 feet, this is a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of south-central Colorado. It is located near the border of Gunnison and Chaffee counties in Colorado and is in the Sawatch Range. The area surrounding the pass is mostly forest, with the San Isabel National Forest to the east and the Gunnison National Forest to the west. Bob took the above shot of Cotttonwood Pass when we visited this past summer, in July, 2015.

Boreas Pass
At an elevation of 11,481 feet, Boreas (Bore-ays) Pass is a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado. The pass is located on the continental divide, at the crest of the Front Range along the border between Park (south) and Summit counties. The pass crosses the range where it divides the headwaters of the Blue River (a tributary of the Colorado River) to the north with South Park and the headwaters of the South Platte River to the south.

Boreas Pass

Boreas Pass

 

Guanella Pass
At an elevation of 11,669 feet, Guanella Pass is a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado, US. The pass is located in southwestern Clear Creek County, in the Front Range west of Denver and south of Georgetown. The pass provides a route between Georgetown in the valley of Clear Creek to the north and Grant in the valley of Geneva Creek, a tributary of the North Fork South Platte River, to the south.At the summit of the pass, hiking trails lead east to Mount Bierstadt (el. 14,060 ft./4285 m.) among other places.

Guanella Pass

Guanella Pass

 

Keep in mind:

  • These passes are closed to automobile traffic after the first heavy snowfall.
  • Boreas pass, which is near Breckenridge, is not for faint-of-heart drivers, as it is steep, narrow, and only partially paved. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

 


Masthead photo: Cottonwood Pass (Bob)

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