Cinnamon Pass

Cinnamon Pass, a 4x4 road in the heart of San Juan National Forest

Cinnamon Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.853m (12,640ft) above the sea level, located in San Juan County, Colorado, USA.

The road to the summit is called Cinnamon Pass Road. It’s a moderately easy 4WD road with a length of 19.5 miles (31 km). It's one of the highest mountain roads of ColoradoThe Cinnamon Pass Road, one of Colorado's most scenic offroad drives, is part of the historic Alpine Loop. The other half of the loop is Engineer Pass Road. This long climb on narrowing shelf road is primarily used for off road driving and it’s accessible from May until October. 

Is Cinnamon Pass Colorado Open?

Located within San Juan National Forest, to drive this trail, start from Lake City, and travel south on highway 149, following the signs to County Road 30, Cinnamon Pass and Lake San Cristobal. This trail starts past the lake on the other side. It’s required a high-clearance 4-wheel-drive vehicle. It’s usually open from late May through October, depending on snow depths and damage from spring run-off.

In summers, this popular trail can be very busy. The road bad conditions, with extremely large pot holes could potentially pop a tire, crack a rim, or screw up your cars allignment. The unpaved sections of the road can be impassable when wet. In any case, driving 4WD is recommended due to uneven surface. During and after a storm the road may be impassable, even with a four-wheel-drive vehicle and can easily get muddy if it rains making it challenging to get through. The summit hosts a parking lot.
 

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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.