Williams Pass

Williams Pass: only for experienced drivers

Williams Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.591m (11,781ft) above the sea level located in Chaffee County, the U.S. state of Colorado.

The road to the summit, located within the Gunnison National Forest is a narrow, rocky mud bog trail. It’s called Williams Pass Jeep Trail (NFST #298). The road is very challenging: expect long stretches of bumpy road. Stay alert for potential turnouts as you may meet traffic in inconvenient locations. The trail runs between the Alpine Tunnel National Forest System Road #839 (NFSR) and the Continental Divide onto NFSR #295.

4x4 vehicles with high clearance only. After rains, trail conditions can be too wet and muddy for safe travel. The road was closed for 12 years and reopened again in 1997, though it is only open for the month of August each year (weather permitting). Some years it doesn’t open at all.
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NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.