Mestaa’Ėhehe Pass (Squaw Pass)

Road trip guide: Conquering Mestaa’Ėhehe Pass (Squaw Pass) in CO

Mestaa’Ėhehe Pass (formerly Squaw Pass) is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.984m (9,790ft) above the sea level, located in Clear Creek County, in the U.S. state of Colorado.

What is the new name for Squaw Pass in Colorado?

Tucked away in the Arapaho National Forest, between Evergreen and Idaho Springs, the pass was renamed on 2021 as Mestaa’Ėhehe Pass. Mestaa’ėhehe, or Owl Woman, was a translator member of the Cheyenne tribe in the early 1800s.

Is Mestaa’Ėhehe Pass (Squaw Pass) paved?

The road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called Mestaa’Ėhehe Road (formerly Squaw Pass Road), also known as Colorado State Highway 103. The road is 49.56km (30.8 miles) long, running from the City of Idaho Springs, the most populous municipality of Clear Creek County to CO-74, north of Evergreen. The first road over the pass was first established in 1923, and would later become fully paved by 1956. The road to the summit is very steep, hitting an 8% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps.

Is Squaw Pass Road open?

Set high in the front range of the Rocky Mountains, the road can be accessed year round but may be closed in winter when the weather is bad. It’s often blocked by snow.

 

 

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