- Loveland Pass is the highest road in the nation that is kept open year-round.
- Hikes ranging from peak-bagging to family strolls have their trailheads at the top of the pass.
- Backcountry skiers enjoy the easy access of the pass, meaning less hiking and more skiing.
At 11,990 ft. above sea level, the Loveland Pass is the alternative route to I-70 and the Eisenhower Tunnel. Rising 800 feet above the tunnel through a series of hairpin switchbacks, you'll find yourself with a healthy grip on the handlebar.
It's tough to keep your eyes on the road with the surrounding mountain views, so make sure to take a break for pictures at the top of the pass. There is a sign and some walking trails to appreciate the incredible views.
Loveland Pass is on CO-6, located between exit 216 of I-70 and Keystone.
The Loveland Pass is the highest road in the United States that is kept open year-round, weather permitting.
The top of Loveland Pass is a trailhead for many different routes. Those looking for a little exertion should try out Grizzly Peak, a 7 mile hike to 13,427 ft. Those looking for something a little less strenuous can take a walk on the loop trail, which follows a ridge on the Continental Divide for an easy 3 mile loop.
All hikes around the area will give some great views.
Going up the pass in winter, particularly on days after a large snowfall, skiers can be seen hitch-hiking back up the pass to squeeze in another run. The pass is a great opportunity to get out into the backcountry of Colorado to ski some open bowls, glades or the steeps.
Proper use and knowledge of a transceiver, snow shovel and probe, and the ability to analyze safe skiing terrain are necessary to ensure a safe outing.