Rollins Pass Road Status

The Rollins Pass Road Status (Corona Pass Road Status) and road conditions information below is current as of Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 3:44pm.

This page is updated as/when/if conditions change; note that closures due to Search & Rescue efforts, wildfires, extreme fire conditions, washouts, downed trees, rockfalls, snow slides, mudslides, late/early snowstorms, stuck vehicles, 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. You can help: to share an update with us, submit a photograph, or to propose an edit please email [email protected].

FIRE BANS ARE IN EFFECT:
Grand County is under a Stage 1 fire ban—no campfires are allowed on Rollins Pass as there are no ‘developed’ campsites on either side of the pass, no matter how well established they appear.
Review details of fire bans and fire restrictions: US Forest Service | Grand County | Gilpin County | Boulder County

Autumn Season | Overall Conditions: Patchy snow and slush. Likely open to the summit on the west side; east side is open to the blockade before Needle’s Eye Tunnel. Overall, mostly dry or hardened mud with mud and runoff.

Additional details and tips are provided below for each side of Rollins Pass. To update this information, please email us.

Rollins Pass Road Status:
West Side (Winter Park)

Rollins Pass Road Status:
West (near Winter Park)

Rollins Pass West Road Status:

  • NFSR 149: open to the parking area at the summit
  • NFSR 501.1: open; permanent closure at NFSR 501, see below
  • N76 Riflesight: open for hiking/bicycles—motorized traffic is prohibited per MVUMs

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 [Road] 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

Check Fire Bans & 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 and near Forest and Morgan Spurs.

Rollins Pass Road Status:
East Side (Rollinsville)

Rollins Pass Road Status:
East (near Rollinsville)

Rollins Pass East Road Status:

  • NFSR 149: open to the blockade before the tunnel; permanent closure, see below
  • NFSR 501: open for hiking/bicycles—motorized traffic is prohibited per MVUMs due to a permanent closure, see below
  • NFSR 502: open
  • NFSR 808 (Jenny Creek Trail and spurs): open

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 [Road] 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

Check Fire Bans & 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. Please respect private property signs on the lower and middle portions of Rollins Pass East.

Rollins Pass Road - Narrow Corridors & Blind Curves

Rollins Pass Route & Driving Tips

  • The Rollins Pass Road is closed to automobiles, ATVs, and motorbikes typically from November 15 through June 15, but high snow levels usually don’t allow for access to the sub-alpine and alpine regions until late June or early July; early snows can close the summit areas as early as the third week of September
  • 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, person, or animal 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
  • Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions, no amenities, and no/limited cellular coverage
  • As indicated on Motor Vehicle Use Maps, the route across the venerable (and vulnerable) trestles has been closed to motor vehicles for over forty years, please help preserve these historic wooden structures—no motorbikes or ATVs
  • If county fire restrictions are not active, please remember that railroad workers a century ago consistently mentioned high winds on Rollins Pass—and times haven’t changed—keep campfires small so the wind doesn’t spread fire and threaten Rollins Pass
  • The tundra is fragile and the history irreplaceable—stay on the road or pull-off in established dirt areas. Driving on and/or parking on dry grasses can start a wildfire: motor vehicle catalytic converters can reach temperatures of 1,200 degrees or more. Grass fires can travel at 14 miles per hour—and for every 10 degrees of slope, the wildfire can double in speed.

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. If there should be any discrepancy between any rules/regulations as presented on this site and on the US Forest Service site, then those found on the US Forest Service site takes precedence. 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 and before leaving cellular coverage.

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Rollins Pass Visitors: Grand County is under a Stage 1 fire ban—no campfires.
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