Jones Pass

Jones Pass road may be intimidating to novice drivers

Jones Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.796m (12,454ft) above the sea level, located in Clear Creek County, in the U.S. state of Colorado. The road over the pass has a relatively good road surface given the high altitude at pass. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado.

Located within the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, the road to the summit is gravel. It’s called Jones Pass Road (Forest Road 202). It climbs gradually to the top of the pass and descends steeply down the west side to a closed road. The road is narrow and steep on the west side of pass and may be intimidating to novice drivers. The road travels above treeline for several miles until it dead-ends after crossing the Continental Divide. It’s a dirt road with some steep grades along the way.

The road encompasses miles of stunning views through twisty hair pin corners, high elevations and steep grades. Snow can block trail well into summer. The switchbacks on the way up are easy and wide in most places. They are near the edge in many places, though, so it may challenge those with a fear of heights. The road is kept well maintained, though.
Pic: Nate Jensen