Pista de las Cutas, an amazing gravel road surrounding the valley of Ordesa
Pista de las Cutas is one of the most scenic drives in Spain. Located in the northwest of the Sobrarbe region, in Huesca province, Aragon, Spain, bordering France, the road offers spectacular views of Ordesa and Monte Perdido.
Nestled in the Pyrenees mountain range, within the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, the road is mostly unpaved. It’s 31.3km (19.44 miles) long, running from the paved HU-631 road towards the town of Torla-Ordesa. It’s only drivable by bikes, motorbikes and 4x4 cars with high clearance. It is closed to private vehicles. The steep track, also known as Pista Ordesa-Sierra de Cutas and Ruta de los miradores de Ordesa, is usually impasable from November to June. The track winds uphill the mountains, and runs along the ridges of the Pyrenees on the border between Spain and France, in a wild landscape and stunning views of the mountains.
It's one of the highest roads of the country topping out at 2.242m (7,355ft) above the sea level. It's an exposed drive with dangerous drop offs. You’ll need to move with extreme caution to minimize the risk, and before many steps you will need to go down the car and walking to inspection the road. In fact, the difficulties in terms of off-road are significant and require (in addition to a consolidated experience) a good knowledge of driving skills and, above all, an extreme and constant attention because of the dizzying cliffs that open on either side of the track along the route.
The track reaches several mountain passes, including:
Cuello Arenas (1.900m)
Punta Estatón (2.137m)
Punta Acuta (2.231m)
Mirador Punta Acuta (2.135m)
Zona de Marmotas (2.197m)
Mirador de Vacarrayuela (2.141 m)
Mirador del Molar (2.017m).
Pic: Al G