Pista de Chía is a very intense drive in the Pyrenees

Pista de Chía is the name of a very challenging high mountain road located in the province of Huesca, Aragon, Spain. The journey offers stunning views.

Pista de Chía

Set high in the northern part of the country, the road is 24.1 km (14.97mi) long, running east-west from Chía to Plan. The road is mostly unpaved with concrete sections, smooth enough for cars. Caution with loose gravel. It’s a difficult road, with uncountable turns, twists and 20 hairpin turns. SUV’s and vehicles with high clearance are recommended. Very steep and narrow sections along the track, hitting a 25% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps.

This road is usually impassable in winters. The open and close dates all depend on snowmelt and snowfall each year, but snow may block trail well into May-June. Large sections of the west side are facing north, so keeping the road open in winter and maintenance works would be costly. Fog and rain are common.

Located on the boundary of Gistain valley and Benasque valley, within the Chia mountain range, the road tops out at 2.028m (6,653ft) above the sea level, near Collado de Sahún. Risk of rock slides. Along the way are a few viewpoints.