Nevado de Colima

The horrendous road to Nevado de Colima

Nevado de Colima is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.991m (13,093ft) above the sea level located in the Mexican state of Jalisco. The road to the summit is horrendous with sections up to 12%. 4x4 is the only option. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country.

Located within the Nevado de Colima National Park, the winding dirt road is gravel, rocky and extremely steep. Tourists are not allowed to drive past the locked gate at about the 11,500' level.
At the summit there are some communications towers. This rough service road was built to get access to this tower. The road is really rough, requiring high clearance or 4WD vehicles. The climb is simply terrible, with a notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness. Do not travel this pass in severe weather conditions.
The road starts in the Carretera Estatal el Grullo-Ciudad Guzman. The climb is 23.4km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 2.214m and the average percentage is 9,46%, with sections up to 12%.

Due its unique location and the climb in elevation over thousands of feet, and passing through remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared.As you climb higher the treacherous road becomes hardly more than a mule track. The road itself is about one and a half lanes wide. This track can get very muddy and slippery after rain making it challenging to get through. 
Road suggested by: Eblem Torres
Pic: Elmo Villaseñor


NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.