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Monarch Pass, Monarch

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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. Monarch Mountain Lodge is located about 5 miles from 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.
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  • We were stopping every few minutes for another spectactular view, particularly of the autumn colours in the aspen. We weren't as impressed with the gift shop as other reviewers (terrible coffee but cl...  more »
  • The summit of the Monarch Pass on Route 50 is at 11,312 feet and is at the watershed between the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico. There is a cable car ride giving access to even loftier views over the ...  more »
  • High in the mountains. In fall aspens are beautiful. Scenery is what's here. Snowmobiling and skiing in winter. Gift shop at peak.  more »
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  • Great family owned business. Reasonable prices, friendly service, amazing view from the top of the gondola ride. Perfect place to take a break from the road.
  • We were driving from Montrose on our way to Colorado Springs, our daughter had never seen snow and there was some at Monarch Pass!! We stopped to play in the snow and visited the gift shop. A great place to stop and smell the flowers or play in the snow while passing through.
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  • Tough to drive
  • Very dangerous!

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