Rabbit Ears Pass

Rabbit Ears Pass, a paved mountain road in Colorado

Rabbit Ears Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.873m (9,426ft) above the sea level, located on the border of Jackson and Grand counties, in northern Colorado, USA.

Located in the Rocky Mountains, the road to the summit is paved but pretty steep with sections up to 6.8% and a few hairpin turns. It’s called U.S. Route 40. Many locals and travelers alike traverse it each year.

How long is Rabbit Ears Pass?

The pass is 83.36km (51.8 miles) long, running from Steamboat Springs, a city in northern Colorado’s Yampa Valley to Kremmling, a Statutory Town in Grand County. At Rabbit Ears Pass, visitors can continue 3 miles east along US-40 to Muddy Pass, which is about 500 feet lower in elevation.

Is Rabbit Ears Pass open?

The pass is open year-round but subject to regular short closures due to hazardous driving/weather conditions. Adverse weather conditions are common. Always check the weather forecast before you start your journey.


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