Molas Pass is a high mountain pass in the San Juan Mountains of western Colorado in the United States.Before you head to Silverton, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Silverton trip planner, to make sure you see all that Silverton has to offer, including Molas Pass.
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. It 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.
Molas Pass Reviews
Mile for mile, the strip of Colorado US Highway 550 from Ridgecrest to Durango contains some of the most thrilling landscape in the entire Rocky Mountain West. Molas Pass, about midway between Ouray..... more »
I absolutely hate going over any pass and this is no exception. However, the rest area here has stunning views in every direction. They have signs that let you know the names of the surrounding... more »
Breathtaking views. Make sure you take pictures.
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