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Loveland Pass, Keystone

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Loveland Pass is a high mountain pass in the western United States, at an elevation of 11990ft above sea level in the Rocky Mountains of north-central Colorado.BackgroundIt is located on the Continental Divide in the Front Range west of Denver on U.S. Highway 6. The twisty road is considered to be especially treacherous during the winter months. A steep, steady 6.7% grade, along with numerous hairpin turns on either side, make it difficult to snowplow the road regularly.Loveland is the highest mountain pass in the world that regularly stays open during a snowy winter season. When the Eisenhower Tunnel opened in March 1973, it allowed motorists on Interstate 70 to avoid crossing the pass directly. Trucks that cannot pass through the tunnel must still take US 6 across Loveland Pass, 800 vertical feet (244 m) above the tunnel. The same is true for bicyclists, pedestrians, and those drivers who wish to stop along the road to admire the scenery.Loveland Ski Area is located at the east side of the pass, and Arapahoe Basin is on the west side. The pass itself is a popular destination for backcountry skiers. Occasionally during the winter, the pass road may be closed by a blizzard and all traffic must use the tunnel, even the normally forbidden HAZMAT-carrying vehicles. In the event of less serious winter storms, chain restrictions are often imposed. At the Loveland Pass parking lot, visitors can access trails to the summits of Mount Sniktau and other nearby mountain peaks.
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  • We always drive this way to A-Basin. If you have time stop on the top and enjoy the awesome views!! Heavenly 
  • Not planning on taking The Pass (during a snow storm) we ended up there thanks to listening to GPS to get to our destination. The drive was slow, beautiful and BREATHTAKING at the top. I'm not going t...  more »
  • This was a quite a drive on Route 6 thru Loveland Pass. Spectacular and dramatic scenery. I highly recommend going on this lovely drive with steep curves and horseshoe turns. But not when there's snow...  more »
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  • Lovely place to view Highway 6 and get a good view of the ranges at nearly 12,000 feet. It is very windy up there so be sure you have a jacket - even in Summer.
  • Awesome.e place year round! You can snowboard down and catch a lift back up in the winter, ride your bike to the top of the pass from either Loveland or Keystone in the summer or just park at the top and do some hiking or snowshoeing!
  • Stopped by while staying at Keystone. Nice area CDOT keeps the roads well maintained going to really good view for a long ways went in January when it was 5 degrees and a little breezy would recommed a good jacket. Also watch your step its a long was down if you slip. I would like to come back and visit again in the summer to see differences.
  • Beautiful mountains all around. Definitely worth the detour from I-70.
  • Absolutely stunning views all around. I make it a point to always stop at the continental divide when I am in the area and soak it all in. No matter if it is freezing cold or a warm summer day.