Trip Planner:   USA  /  Colorado  /  Monarch  /  Scenic Drive  /  Monarch Pass
Monarch Pass, Monarch
(4.1/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
Monarch Pass, elevation 11312ft, is a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of south-central Colorado in the United States.Location and basic detailsThe pass is located on the Continental Divide at the southern end of the Sawatch Range along the border between Gunnison and Chaffee counties, approximately 25mi west of the town of Salida. The pass carries U.S. Highway 50 over the Sawatch Range, providing a route between Tomichi Creek in the upper basin of the Gunnison River on the west and the South Arkansas River, a tributary of the Arkansas River, on the east. The pass can be traversed by all vehicles under most conditions and is generally open year-round; however, 7% grades exist, and the area is prone to heavy winter snowfall, often resulting in temporary closures during severe winter storms. Ramps for runaway trucks are located about halfway down both the eastern and western sides of the pass.SceneryThe pass is widely considered one of the most scenic in Colorado, offering a panoramic view of the southern end of the Sawatch Range from the summit. A gift shop and small restaurant are located near the summit of the pass. During the summer, an aerial tram from the parking lot at the summit carries visitors to the top of Monarch Ridge above the pass (at approximately 12000ft above sea level), allowing a wider view of the surrounding peaks. During the winter, visitors enjoy skiing at Monarch ski area.
Use our Monarch trip itinerary planner to add Monarch Pass and other attractions to your Monarch vacation plans.
Source
Create a full Monarch itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Monarch

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Colorado by other users

21 days in United States BY A USER FROM DENMARK July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 26 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Denver BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Denver BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: January, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Estes Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Denver BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Estes Park & Rocky Mountain National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Rocky Mountain National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Golden & Vero Beach BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, popular PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Only passed through but what great scenery! Stopped at top for some great pics and a picnic lunch. Fun steep road! 
  • loved driving over this pass, so scenic. The views are spectacular and the ski resort is almost on the summit. 
  • This was the most memorable hike since my first continental divide trail run/hike. View from the trail was amazing and unforgettable. Very easy hike and trail is well marked. 
Google
  • Well stocked gift shop and clean restrooms. Came here a lot as a kid, hasn't changed much. Decent snack bar with home made fudge.
  • Great pass!!
  • Great views from the observation area!