Snowy Range Pass

Snowy Range Pass, one of the most beautiful drives in WY

Snowy Range Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.315m (10,876ft) above the sea level, located in the Rocky Mountains of the Albany County, in southern Wyoming, USA. It's one of the highest roads of Wyoming.

The road to the summit, located within the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, is a two-lane paved road suitable for all vehicles. It’s called Snowy Range Scenic Byway (Wyoming Highway 130). The road is pretty steep.  It is not plowed during the winters: it closes for the season in mid-November and traditionally reopens with the help of snowplows before Memorial Day weekend.

The pass is 42.16km (26.2 miles) long running west-east from Ryan Park (in Carbon County) to Centennial (in Albany County). The road, through spectacular alpine habitats, was paved in the 1930’s. It was originally called the “Great Skyroad”. The pass is named for the large amounts of snow that remain at high elevations during the summer months. It’s said to be Wyoming's second highest pass.

This is a remarkable road trip. Remember to bring your camera. It has numerous places to stop or pull off for visitors. The byway is a popular recreation attraction with many picnic, camping, observation, and interpretive facilities. Visitors will find many lakes along the byway and throughout the national forest. Anglers will want to spend some time fishing for trout. Others may want to lay down a blanket and enjoy a picnic. Campgrounds can also be found on the shores of several lakes. If you're interested in pitching a tent or parking your RV, you'll find several campgrounds from which to choose. During your drive remember to be cautious of wildlife on or near the road, especially during early morning and late evening hours.

 

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