Rollins Pass Road Status

The Rollins Pass Road Status (Corona Pass Road Status) and road conditions information on this page is current as of Friday, January 15, 2021 at 12:00am.

This page is updated when and if road conditions change; note that closures due to Search & Rescue efforts, wildfires, extreme fire conditions, washouts, downed trees, rockfalls, snow slides, mudslides, early snowstorms, or other reasons are always possible. Permanent closures and Stage 3 fire closure information is collected from official sources; all other data on this page is aggregated from crowd-sourced information available and provided to Preserve Rollins Pass. To provide us with an update, submit a photograph; or to propose an edit, please email [email protected].

Overall Status: Winter/Spring conditions with snow, snowdrifts, ice, and slush. After November 15th, updates will be less frequent until late spring/early summer. To provide an update or share news, please email us.

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Rollins Pass Road Status:
West Side (Winter Park)

Rollins Pass Road Status:
West Side (Winter Park)

Road Status:

  • NFSR 149: projected opening for summer: June 15, 2021
  • NFSR 501.1: projected opening for summer: June 15, 2021; note permanent closure at 501, below
  • N76 Hiking Trail: snow (significant treefalls were cleared October 14, 2020)

Permanent Closures: Year-round closures to travel by wheel-to-ground vehicles per 36 CFR 261.54a (Forest Closure Order 10-00-03) include:

• NFSR 149: Permanent closure 1 mile south of Needle’s Eye Tunnel to the Continental Divide
• NFSR 501: Boulder Wagon from its intersection with the Rollins Pass Road at Yankee Doodle Lake west to a point 1/2 mile west of the Needle’s Eye Tunnel)

No motorized route connects across the Continental Divide. Tap here to view the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) covering Rollins Pass West.

Typical Summer/Autumn Road Conditions: lower areas are mostly dry, dusty; some mud puddles and rivulets due to areas of rain/snowmelt; snowdrifts and slush at higher elevations

Fire Restrictions:
US Forest Service
Grand County
Boulder County
Gilpin County

Alerts: Fallen trees from the June and September 2020 derechos have narrowed the road through one of the rock cuts below the townsite of Arrow at near Forest and Morgan Spurs.

Rollins Pass Road Status:
East Side (Rollinsville)

Rollins Pass Road Status:
East Side (Rollinsville)

Road Status:

  • NFSR 149: projected opening for summer: June 15, 2021; note permanent closure, below
  • NFSR 501: permanent closure, see below
  • NFSR 502: projected opening for summer: June 15, 2021
  • NFSR 808 (Jenny Creek Trail and spurs): projected opening for summer: June 15, 2021

Permanent Closures: Year-round closures to travel by wheel-to-ground vehicles per 36 CFR 261.54a (Forest Closure Order 10-00-03) include:

• NFSR 149: Permanent closure 1 mile south of Needle’s Eye Tunnel to the Continental Divide
• NFSR 501: Boulder Wagon from its intersection with the Rollins Pass Road at Yankee Doodle Lake west to a point 1/2 mile west of the Needle’s Eye Tunnel)

No motorized route connects across the Continental Divide. Tap here to view the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) covering Rollins Pass East.

Typical Summer/Autumn Road Conditions: lower areas are mostly dry, dusty; some mud puddles and rivulets due to areas of rain/snowmelt; snowdrifts and slush at higher elevations

Fire Restrictions:
US Forest Service
Grand County
Boulder County
Gilpin County

Alerts: No parking is allowed on Tolland Road within the boundaries of Tolland Ranch

Rollins Pass Road - Narrow Corridors & Blind Curves

Rollins Pass Route & Driving Tips

  • The Rollins Pass Road is closed to automobiles, ATVs, and motorbikes from November 15 through June 15, but high snow levels typically don’t allow access until late June or early July
  • A high-clearance, 4-wheel drive or all-wheel-drive vehicle is highly recommended
  • Drive safely: many bicyclists, hikers, and horseback riders recreate on Rollins Pass
  • There are many blind curves—expect a car or person around each one!
  • Some sections of the pass are wide enough for only one vehicle (see photograph)
  • The vehicle heading downhill must yield to the vehicle traveling uphill
  • A high-clearance vehicle is recommended
  • Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and limited cellular coverage
  • As indicated on Motor Vehicle Use Maps, the route across the venerable trestles has been closed to motor vehicles for over forty years, please help preserve these historic wooden structures—no motorbikes or ATVs
  • The tundra is fragile and the history irreplaceable—stay on the road

This page is provided as a courtesy to the visitor of Rollins Pass and is for informational purposes only. Information provided is done so on an “as is” basis, without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including, without limitation, warranties of safety or fitness for a particular purpose. The user of this page specifically acknowledges and agrees that Preserve Rollins Pass is not liable for any conduct or misconduct of any visitor. While every effort is made to provide up-to-date information, the content and information on this page could be stale due to rapidly changing conditions or events: always consult official US Forest Service sources prior to heading to Rollins Pass before leaving cellular coverage.

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