Tennessee Pass

A 5 stars road to the top of Tennessee Pass in Colorado

Tennessee Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.183m (10,442ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary of Lake and Eagle counties, in the U.S. state of Colorado.

How long is the road to Tennessee Pass?

Nestled in the Pike and San Isabel national forests, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called U.S. Route 24 (US 24). The pass is 37.81km (23.5 miles) long, running south-north from Leadville (the county seat of Lake County) to Gilman (an abandoned mining town in southeastern Eagle County). It’s easily negotiable by most vehicles.

Is the Tennessee Pass open?

Located in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado, the road can be accessed year round but may be closed for short periods in winter only during severe winter storms. At the summit there’s a large parking lot and a memorial to Colorado’s 10th Mountain Division.

Is the Tennessee Pass steep?

The scenic drive has a gentle approach on both sides and does not contain overly steep grades or sharp turns.



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.