Old Monarch Pass

Old Monarch Pass in CO: a pleasant gravel road in summers

Old Monarch Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.473m (11,394ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary between Gunnison and Chaffee counties of the U.S. state of Colorado.

Can you drive to Old Monarch Pass in CO?

Tucked away in west-central Colorado, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s called County Road 237. The road is well graded and the scenery is quite nice at the pass. This road can be traversed by passenger vehicles at most times during the summer and early fall months. The road is pretty steep, hitting an 8% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps.

How long is the road to Old Monarch Pass in CO?

The road is 17.05km (10.6 miles) long, running west-east from County Road 888 to US-50. The first road crossing the Original Monarch Pass was constructed 1880. The pass is located just north of the present-day Monarch Pass.

Is the road to Old Monarch Pass in CO open?

Set high in the Rocky Mountains, the road is usually impassable from late October through late June or early July (depending on snow). The open and close dates all depend on snowmelt and snowfall each year. Heavy rainfalls occasionally wash out the east entrance to the pass. The area is prone to severe storms and heavy gusts of wind. From the summit on a clear day, you can see the entire breadth of the Rockies, from Pikes Peak to the San Juans.
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