Rollins Pass Road Status

The Rollins Pass Road Status (Corona Pass Road Status) and road conditions information on this page is current as of Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 12:03am.

This page is updated as/when/if road 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].

Summer Season | Overall Status Commentary: Open to the summit on the west side; east side is blocked by a snowdrift in a rock cut ~1.25 miles below Yankee Doodle Lake. Very early summer conditions. Overall, mostly dry or hardened mud until about 11,000 feet, transitioning to mostly dry with some snowdrifts, mud, and runoff.

Additional details are provided below for each side of Rollins Pass. To provide an update, please email us.

Railroad workers a century ago consistently mentioned high winds on Rollins Pass—and times haven’t changed—keep campfires small if campfires are allowed so the wind doesn’t spread fire and threaten Rollins Pass. Please follow fire restrictions (Grand County and Gilpin County have stage 1 fire restrictions).

Rollins Pass Road Status:
West Side (Winter Park)

Rollins Pass Road Status:
West Side (Winter Park)

Road Status:

  • NFSR 149: open to the summit
  • NFSR 501.1: open, some snow/mud; note permanent closure at 501, below
  • N76 Hiking Trail: patchy 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 [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 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 Side (Rollinsville)

Road Status:

  • NFSR 149: open with patchy snow to the snowcut ~1.25 miles below Yankee Doodle Lake; note permanent closure, below
  • NFSR 501: permanent closure, see below
  • NFSR 502: stale data—likely open with patchy snow
  • NFSR 808 (Jenny Creek Trail and spurs): stale data—likely open with patchy snow

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 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The tundra is fragile and the history irreplaceable—stay on the road or pull-off in established dirt areas

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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Rollins Pass Visitors: fire restrictions are in effect for the Grand County and Gilpin County sides of Rollins Pass—campfires are prohibited.
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