Geyser Pass

Geyser Pass, a truly outstanding SUV adventure

Geyser Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.231m (10,600ft) above the sea level, located in San Juan County, in Utah, USA. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Utah.

Situated near the base of Haystack Mountain, in La Sal Range, within the Manti-La Sal National Forest, the road to the summit is unpaved. It’s called Forest Road #071 (Geyser Pass Road). The road is well maintained. West side is a wide, smooth gravel road suitable for most passenger cars. East side is a bit rougher but suitable for stock 4x4 SUVs.

Adverse weather conditions are common. It can be still blocked by snow in early June. The drive offers stunning views of Spanish Valley (west side) and Mt. Peale (east side). The pass is named after Al Geyser, who grazed his stock in the area in the 1880s. Always check the weather forecast before you start your journey. In winter, the road is plowed to a parking lot before the junction with the Gold Basin Road. In summer the road is open all the way to the top.
Pic&video: Matt Rathgeb

 

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