Welcome to "Bicycling Colorado's Mountain
Passes". I want to invite you on a virtual tour
over Colorado's Mountain Passes, as seen from the seat
of a bicycle, but not only of interest to cyclists.
All summit points are linked on the following two
interactive maps. In the inset on the right of the map
pages you can filter the displayed summits by surface
type: paved, unpaved or trails. The second map
contains a few additional links from all over the web
in different languages (I want to add many more
Colorado Passes and Summits on this web site
Colorado Passes on the web
Some pages are
more detailed than others. All the ones on the
following linked page have descriptions. They are
grouped by towns that can serve as a kind of base area
tables reference all pages (with or without
description), All of them contain at least an
elevation profile and pictures.
"recognized passes" table contains all major
paved passes, the majority of well known unpaved
passes, and also many lesser known divides and
historical passes. But not all worthwhile cycling
climbs go over named summits. The next following two
tables reference many of those. Shoulder summits are
routes that lead to higher summit, but have an
additional approach to the shoulder summit point.
These are not included in the previous two tables.
When looking for
climbs that reach a high (or low) elevation, the
following two tables are more useful.
road passes/summits (-highest elevation first)
following maps divide the state into a grid, and list
the points for each grid. These are used in the
locale-tab in the navigation bar on the summit pages
to see which points are nearby:
passes/summits (-highest elevation first)
The last two
tables are arrange the summits by approach
heights, also called prominence, which is a
measure of how big a climb is, top elevation minus