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Vail Pass

Vail Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 10,666ft (3.251m) above the sea level, located in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado, in USA.

The road over the pass is asphalted. It’s called Interstate 70. This scenic road can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. The pass was named for Charles Vail, a highway engineer. The highway is extremely steep on both sides (eastbound or westbound) and is described as having at least a 7 to 8 percent grade at one point or another. Much like Loveland Pass, its windy nature features hairpin turns and brutal winter weather. The pass crests at 10,660 feet above sea level and two runaway truck ramps exist on the westbound side for victims of brake failure. The steep sides provide drivers with little room for error. These slippery mountain stretches are notoriously dangerous in the winter and are prone to multi-car accidents because it’s easy for drivers to lose control of their autos. 


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