The scenic Iceberg Pass on the Trail Ridge Road
Iceberg Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.605m (11,827ft) above the sea level, located in Larimer County, in the U.S. state of Colorado. It's one of the highest roads of Colorado.
Is Iceberg Pass in Colorado paved?
Set high in the Rocky Mountain National Park, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called Trail Ridge Road. It’s said to be the highest continuous paved road in the country. The road, also known as Trail Ridge Road/Beaver Meadow National Scenic Byway, cuts through Rocky Mountain National Park between the towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake, and is one of the best ways to see the Continental Divide as it cuts through Colorado.
Is Iceberg Pass open?
Located in the north-central part of Colorado, avalanches and heavy snowfalls can sometimes block some sections of the road and can be extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. The road is typically closed from mid-October through late May and often remains closed until late spring or early summer depending on the snowpack. It requires access to Rocky Mountain National Park even for local residents. The road traverses Rocky Mountain National Park from Estes Park in the east to Grand Lake in the west. Summer days and weekends are very busy, especially between 9am and 3pm, so plan accordingly.
When was the road to Iceberg Pass built?
Construction of the road began in 1929 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and was completed to Fall River Pass by July 1932 with a maximum gradient of 7% through some of the ramps. The name "Trail Ridge Road" derives from its proximity to historic pathways used by native peoples to cross the Rocky Mountains.