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Molas Pass, Silverton

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Molas Pass is a high mountain pass in the San Juan Mountains of western Colorado in the United States.The pass is in the San Juan National Forest. The pass is traversed by the Million Dollar Highway, U.S. Highway 550 south of Silverton, which is part of the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway. Though it is one of the higher passes in Colorado, it has only a few switchbacks on the north approach, is considerably less intimidating than Red Mountain Pass on the same highway, and is generally kept open in the winter months.Molas Pass is also the last mountain pass of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic race, where riders race the train from Durango to Silverton.
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  • There was about 1 foot of snow on the ground so it made for awesome views of the valley below. It was cold, but the wind was not blowing too much, so it was tolerable. Out Husky/Shepard mix dog loved ...  more »
  • Along the Million Dollar Highway we made a stop at Molas Pass. The view from up there is breathtaking. It is more than 10,000 feet above sea level, and it was pretty cold, but it's worth a stop. You can admire the snow capped mountains, the forest ... don't miss it if you go around here.
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  • We stopped at Molas Pass while driving the Million Dollar Highway scenic byway (US550). There is a parking area with short, paved walkways to a viewpoint with educational signage. You are surrounded b...  more »