A truly outstanding SUV road to Geyser Pass in Utah

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

Geyser Pass

Where is Geyser Pass?

The pass is located near the base of Haystack Mountain in the La Sal Range, within the Manti-La Sal National Forest.

Why is it called Geyser Pass?

It’s named after Al Geyser, a livestock grazier in the area during the 1880s. Located to the south of Burro Pass, the drive offers views of Spanish Valley to the west and Mt. Peale to the east.

Can I drive through Geyser Pass?

The road to the summit is entirely unpaved. It’s called Forest Road #071, also known as Geyser Pass Road. The road is generally well-maintained. The western side has a wide, smooth gravel surface suitable for most passenger cars, while the eastern side is rougher and better suited for stock 4x4 SUVs.

Is Geyser Pass open?

Weather can be unpredictable here. Snow can block the road even into early June, so always check the forecast before heading out. During winter—from December 15th to May 20th annually—the road is plowed up to a parking lot just before the Gold Basin Road junction. In summer, the path is clear all the way to the summit.
Pic&video: Matt Rathgeb