Jones Pass ATV Trail

Empire, Colorado 80438

Jones Pass ATV Trail

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"Impressive views from very high pass. A short, enjoyable trip even if you can’t get over pass. Seasonal wildflowers by stream on east side. Nothing significant to see at bottom of west side, but it is a fun ride.

Great hiking at Butler Gulch and along the Continental Divide. Continental Divide hiking trail is also popular with mountain bikers who can ride north all the way to Winter Park."

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Guide to Northern Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails (FunTreks)
Charles A. Wells
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"A relatively good road surface given the high altitude at pass. Stunning 360° views from top. Not heavily traveled despite its easy access from Denver. ATVs are allowed on main road but not on side roads. Some embedded rock but mostly graded. Road is narrow and steep on west side of pass and may be intimidating to novice drivers. Very high pass at 12,453 feet. Snow can block trail well into summer. Pictures at left were taken on July 20, following heavy spring snows." Read more

Jones Pass ATV Trail Reviews

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This is one of the best back country passes over the continental divide. There are amazing views from the top. On one side you can see halfway to Kansas, on the other you can see all the way to Vail. There are short trails from the summit that take you to the top of the peaks on either side of the pass. Use caution on the West side of the pass as the road is quite steep, and you can burn out your brakes if you are not careful. I had to drop my Jeep into 4 low to use the engine to keep my speed under control. (I also had trouble finding a spot level enough to do this) There are three drawbacks to this road that keep me from giving it the full five stars: the road is a dead end at the base of the Western side of the pass, so it is an in and out, not a loop; second, the mine at the beginning of the road does impact the natural beauty, especially because there is a topped out mountain above the mine; and the third drawback is that the summit is typically blocked until VERY late in the year, typically not clearing off until August. That said, this is still a great drive that is an easy half day excursion from Denver.
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A fun driving trip to get to the top of jones pass. But when we went, the top of the pass, still had snow so we had to hike about 1000 feet to get to the top of the pass while being entertained with breath taking views.

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Trail Type
3 hours
Best summer and fall
Arapaho National Forest
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