Cumberland Pass

Cumberland Pass in CO: the highest standard passenger vehicle road in USA

Cumberland Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 3.670m (12,040ft) above the sea level, located in Gunnison County, in the U.S. state of Colorado. It's said to be one of the highest standard car roads for summer use in the nation. It's one of the highest roads of Colorado.

How long is the road to Cumberland Pass?

Nestled deep within the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the road to the summit is called County Road 765 (Cumberland Pass Road). The drive is 25.42km (15.8 miles) long, running north-south from Tincup (or Tin Cup) to Pitkin. This road is graded and quite easy.

Is the road to Cumberland Pass in Colorado dangerous?

Located within Gunnison National Forest, the windy road with many tight turns to the summit is totally unpaved but generally in good condition although it can get bumpy in places. It can be sandy and resemble a washboard. It’s generally kept in very good condition and can be accessed by most passenger vehicles without any problems. The road is never too steep. There are a few narrow spots, and the sides have steep drop-offs. Take your time and you will have very few difficulties.

Is the road to Cumberland Pass in Colorado open?

The pass receives a heavy amount of snowfall in the winter and the road is usually impassable from late October through late June or early July (depending on snow). It is not generally snow-free until late June or even July in some years. The open and close dates all depend on snowmelt and snowfall each year.

Is the road to Cumberland Pass worth it?

It’s said to be one of Colorado's most scenic and historic passes. This is a remarkable road trip. Remember to bring your camera. Eventually, the road moves above the tree line and the view is stunning. From the summit you can view over 50 miles of the Continental Divide. From Tin Cup, the pass climbs through beautiful pine forests, clinging to the side of mountains. Along the road you will pass a number of mine entrances along the way. Please stay out of them. There are also a number of access roads that head off into the various Sliver mines on this mountain. The first road over the summit was constructed in 1882 to connect Tincup with the Denver-South Park railroad in Pitkin.
Pic&Video: Walter Baumgarten

 

 

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