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BikeRaceInfo's
King of the Mountain Cycling

An international guide to paved climbs

U.S.: Colorado

Climb

Mountain Range

Height (Feet/
meters)

Location

Races Tours

Comments

Bethoud Pass
Rockies (US)
11315/
3449

Ride the Rockies.

Cameron Pass
Rockies (US)
10276/
3132
Near Ft. Collins.


Coal Bank Pass
Rockies (US)
10640/
3243
On Highway 550, between Durango and Silverton. Near Purgatory Ski Resort.
Iron Horse Classic, Ride the Rockies.

Colorado National Monument
Rockies (US)
6640/
2024
Near Grand Jinction on the Colorado National Monument Park. San Juan Skyway.
Use to be part of the Tour of the Moon (a stage in the now defunct Coors Classic).
(a.k.a. Rim Rock Drive) This climb is featured in the movie "American Flyers".
Copper Mountain
Rockies (US)

Near Leadville and Minturn.


Cottonwood Pass
Rockies (US)
12136/
3699
West of Buena Vista.

The east to west approach on the Buena Vista side is paved. The other side of Cottonwood Pass to Lake Taylor is a gravel road.
Cuchara Pass
Rockies (US)
9941/
3030

Ride the Rockies.

Cumberland Pass
Rockies (US)
12200/
3719


Highest Unpaved Road in the United States.
Cumbras Pass
Rockies (US)
10022/
3055
Alamosa area.

Road Surface Unknown.
Dallas Divide
Rockies (US)
8839/
2694
On Highway 62, between Ridgeway and Placerville. Near Telluride Ski Resort. San Juan Skyway.


Eisenhower Tunnel
Rockies (US)

On Interstate 70.

Not safe for Bicycles!
Elbert, Mount
Rockies (US)
14433/
4399
Center of Colorado.

Highest Point in Colorado—but there are no paved roads to the summit.
Evans, Mount
Rockies (US)
14130/
4307
Two aproaches from -- Idaho Springs and Bergen Park.
Bob Cook Memorial Hill Climb (The Highest Paved Road Hill Climb Race in the World).
Highest Paved Road Climb in North America. The paved road does not go to the summit (14,264 ft). The road to the summit is only open about 40 days a year (in July, July, and August) because of all the snow.
Fall River Pass
Rockies (US)
11796/
3595
On Trail Ridge Road in the Rocky Mountain National Park.


Flagstaff Mountain
Rockies (US)

A few miles west of Boulder, off of Highway 119, on Flagstaff Summit Road.


Freemont Pass
Rockies (US)
11318/
3450
Near Climax, Leadville, and Copper Mountain Ski Resort.
Ride the Rockies.

Gore Pass
Rockies (US)
10900/
3322
On Highway 134, between Toponas and the intersection of Highway 134/40.


Grand Mesa
Rockies (US)
10839/
3304
On Highway 65, between Mesa and the intersection of Highway 65/92.
Ride the Rockies.

Hoosier Pass
Rockies (US)
11541/
3518
On Highway 9, between Breckenridge and Fairplay.
Ride the Rockies.

Independence Pass
Rockies (US)
12095/
3687
On Highway 82, between Aspen and Twin Lakes.
Denver to Aspen Classic, Ride the Rockies. The Coors Classic use to race over Independence Pass

Juniper Pass
Rockies (US)

On Highway 103, west of Denver and Evergreen. Start in Bergen Park (intersection of Highway 74 and 103). Before reaching Juniper Pass, you'll pass over Squaw Pass.

Alternate approach route to Echo Lake and Mount Evans.
Kenosha Pass
Rockies (US)
10001/
3048
On Highway 285, between Grant and Jefferson.
Denver to Aspen Classic.

La Managa Pass
Rockies (US)
10230/
3118
Alamosa area.

Road Surface Unknown.
La Veta Pass
Rockies (US)
9413/
2869
On Highway 12 in the Alamosa area.
Ride the Rockies.

Left Hand Canyon
Rockies (US)
9314/
2839
Near Boulder, from Left Hand Canyon to Ward.


Lizard Head Pass
Rockies (US)
10222/
3116
On Highway 145, between Telluride and Rico. San Juan Skyway.


Loveland Pass
Rockies (US)
11992/
3655
On Highway 6, between Keystone Ski Resort and Loveland Ski Area.
Triple By-Pass Ride, Ride the Rockies.
Crosses the Continental Divide.
Maroon Bells
Rockies (US)
10000/
3048
Near Aspen.


McClure Pass
Rockies (US)
8755/
3669
On Highway 133, south of Carbondale.


Milner Pass
Rockies (US)
10758/
3279
On Trail Ridge Road in the Rocky Mountain National Park.


Molas Divide
Rockies (US)
10910/
3325
On Highway 550, between Durango and Silverton. Near Purgatory Ski Resort. San Juan Skyway.
Iron Horse Classic, Ride the Rockies.

Monarch Pass
Rockies (US)
11312/
3451
Near Gunnison.
Ride the Rockies.

Muddy Pass
Rockies (US)
8772/
3674
Near Steamboat Springs.


Nine Mile Gap
Rockies (US)
7485/
2281

Ride the Rockies.

Pikes Peak
Rockies (US)
14110/
4301


The top half of the climb is unpaved.
Poncha Pass
Rockies (US)
9010/
2746

Ride the Rockies.

Rabbit Ears Pass
Rockies (US)
9426/
2873
Near Steamboat Springs.
Ride the Rockies.

Red Hill Pass
Rockies (US)
9993/
3046
On Highway 285, between Fairplay and Jefferson.
Denver to Aspen Classic.

Red Mountain Pass
Rockies (US)
11008/
3355
On Highway 550, south of Ouray. San Juan Skyway.
Ride the Rockies.

Rim Rock Drive
Rockies (US)
6640/
2024
Near Grand Junction on the Colorado National Monument Park. San Juan Skyway.
Use to be part of the Tour of the Moon (a stage in the now defunct Coors Classic).
(a.k.a. Colorado National Monument) This climb is featured in the movie "American Flyers".
Rollins Pass
Rockies (US)

Near Nederland.


Shalona Hill
Rockies (US)

Near Durango.


Slumgullion Pass
Rockies (US)
11361/
3463
On Highway 149, near Lake City.


Squaw Pass
Rockies (US)
9662/
2945
On Highway 103, west of Denver and Evergreen. Start in Bergen Park (intersection of Highway 74 and 103) and ride towards Juniper Pass, Echo Lake, and Mount Evans.
Triple By-Pass Ride
Alternate approach route to Echo Lake and Mount Evans.
Tennessee Pass
Rockies (US)
10424/
3177
On Highway 24, between Vail and Vista.
Ride the Rockies.

Trail Ridge Road
Rockies (US)
12183/
3713
Rocky Mountain National Park
Ride the Rockies.
Highest Continuous Paved Road in the North America.
Trout Creek Pass
Rockies (US)
9346/
2847
On Highway 24/285, between the intersection of 24/285 and Johnson Village.
Denver to Aspen Classic.

Vail Pass
Rockies (US)
10666/
3251
East of Vail.
Tripl By-Pass Ride.

Wolf Creek Pass
Rockies (US)
10857/
3309
On Highway 160, near Wolf Creek and Pagosa Springs.
Ride the Rockies. Has been used in RAAM.