Poncha Pass

Poncha Pass, one of the lowest mountain passes in Colorado

Poncha Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.751m (9,025ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary of Saguache and Chaffee counties, in South-Central Colorado (USA).

The road to the summit is paved. It’s called U.S. Highway 285. The pass links San Luis Valley (south) and the valley of the Arkansas River (north). Please be vigilant while traveling in the area of falling rocks and other debris. The road is closed sometimes due to mudslides. It has a mild approach on the northern side and a moderate 5% approach from the south.

Open to traffic throughout the year, may be closed for short periods in winter when the weather is bad. The pass is nestled where the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (to the east) and the San Juan Mountains (to the west) meet. The pass is 34.76km  (21.6 miles) running south-north from Villa Grove (in Saguache County) towards Poncha Springs (in Chaffee County).

 

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