Owl Creek Pass

The road to the top of Owl Creek Pass in Colorado

Owl Creek Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.082m (10,114ft) above the sea level, located in the Uncompahgre National Forest, in Gunnison County, Colorado, in USA. The road to the pass should be passable in a passenger car under dry conditions.

The road to the pass is 42.22 miles long. It’s a well maintained smooth, graved gravel road (easy driving for conventional cars). The road is closed in winters and should be open by June. 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. The last leg of this road, closer to Ridgway, gets a bit tight and bumpy, but not impassable by 2-wheel drive. Along this road are tall old growth aspen with a good smattering of pine mixed in. Stop along the higher elevations for a glimpse of the red sandstone cliffs which are prevalent in this part of Colorado for a beautiful backdrop to a golden aspen colored photo.
Pic: Michael Williams


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