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Schofield Pass, Crested Butte

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Schofield Pass, elevation 10,707 ft (3,263 m), is a mountain pass in the Elk Mountains of Colorado. The pass is the high point on Gothic Road, which connects the towns of Marble and Crested Butte. The pass is closed for most of the year due to snow or mud, and is open only for one or two months in late summer.

The road over the summit to the townsite of Schofield is suitable for a passenger car with moderate clearance if traveling from Crested Butte; however, between Schofield and the town of Crystal it becomes recommended for Jeeps and ATVs only as it descends into the Devil's Punchbowl Canyon and becomes an exposed, narrow, rocky shelf road. From the northwest, high clearance vehicles can make it from Marble to Crystal via two routes.

The pass has claimed 12 lives to date.

Schofield Pass was named for B. F. Schofield, a silver miner.
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  • This is a great drive, very scenic. First few miles is dusty and a decent amount of traffic, but once you get to the 4WD warning sign no more people. Only attempt the actual pass in a good...  more »
  • So I spent a-lot of time online trying to figure out if this pass is doable in my 2015 Jeep Rubicon (unchanged from manufacture) and it seems so... without damaging? Eh, not so sure. We drove in and.....  more »
  • Beautiful pass. Make sure you have a 4x4 vehicle that isn't too wide.
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