Molas Pass

Molas Pass, a challenging climb of the Million Dollar Highway

Molas Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.325m (10,910ft) above the sea level, located in the San Juan Mountains of western Colorado in the United States. The pass is traversed by the Million Dollar Highway. 

The road over the pass, officially called U.S. Highway 550, is asphalted. It is usually open all year, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. Summer temperatures can range from 70–90 °F highs at the ends of the highway to 50–70 °F in the mountain passes. The snow season starts in October, and snow will often close the road in winter. Chains may be required to drive.

The weather on this zone is harsh and highly unpredictable and it does not take much time for the bright sun shine to change over to moderate to heavy snow fall. Though it is one of the higher passes in Colorado, it has only a few switchbacks on the north approach and is generally kept open in the winter months. The scenery of the San Juan’s is unsurpassed and many call this area the American Alps. 

 

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.