- One of five narrow gauge rotary snowplows in known existence is located close to downtown Breckenridge.
- Multiple steam engines were needed to push these snowfighting machines up Boreas Pass.
- The Rotary Snowplow Park is open in the summer months, Tues – Sun, 12pm to 4pm.
- $5 suggested donation
One of only five narrow gauge rotary snowplows in known existence is located close to downtown Breckenridge. This is a rare opportunity to see some of the machinery used to keep the tracks open during the harsh winter months. The rotaries were only called in to clear tracks that the traditional wedge couldn't clear. The blades would start spinning, carving a hole in the snowdrift, pushing the snow through a shaft and throwing it 30 feet to the side.
Because rotary snowplows were not self-powered, multiple locomotives were needed to push these hulking machines up the tracks so that the mines could continue production. In addition to foods, mail and other life necessities, the railroads transported the precious metals being dug out of the mountain. This meant that keeping the tracks clear of snow was a particularly important job, as well as a difficult one.
The rotary snowplow on display is not the plow used to clear the tracks in Boreas Pass or in Colorado, rather it is a plow that was refurbished after being brought in from Alaska, where it was used to clear the White Pass and Yukon Route.
Heading south on Main St., take a left on Boreas Pass Rd. The Rotary Snowplow Park is located on the left, directly before the ice arena.
189 Boreas Pass Rd.
The suggested donation is $5.
From June to September, the Rotary Snowplow Park is open Tuesday through Sunday, 12 pm to 4 pm.