Rollins Pass Road Status

The Rollins Pass Road Status (Corona Pass Road Status) and road conditions information on this page is current as of Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 12:32pm.

Special note: Rollins Pass is closed in Gilpin and Boulder Counties due to extreme fire danger as of October 21. The summit of Rollins Pass, despite being reachable in Grand County is actually located in Boulder County, as is King Lake and other features. Before heading out, read the US Forest Service orders detailing the Stage 3 Closure here and here.

This page is updated when and if road conditions change; note that closures due to Search & Rescue efforts, wildfires, washouts, downed trees, rockfalls, early snowstorms, or other reasons are always possible. Data on this page is aggregated from crowd-sourced information available and provided to Preserve Rollins Pass—to provide an update, submit a photograph, or to propose an edit, please email [email protected].

Rollins Pass Road Status:
West Side (Winter Park)

Rollins Pass Road Status:
West Side (Winter Park)

View the Motor Vehicle Use Map covering Rollins Pass West
(no motorized route connects across the Continental Divide)

Road Status:

  • NFSR 149: open from US-40 to the Boulder County line just before the summit—areas at the summit are in Boulder County.
  • NFSR 501.1: closed due to extreme fire danger; note permanent closure at 501, below
  • N76 Hiking Trail: open (significant treefalls were cleared October 14)

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

  • 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)

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: Grand County has Stage 2 fire restrictions that took effect noon on August 13th

Alerts: Fallen trees from the June 2020 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)

View the Motor Vehicle Use Map covering Rollins Pass East
(no motorized route connects across the Continental Divide)

Road Status:

  • NFSR 149: closed due to extreme fire danger; note permanent closure, below
  • NFSR 501: permanent closure, see below
  • NFSR 502: closed due to extreme fire danger
  • NFSR 808 (Jenny Creek Trail and spurs): closed due to extreme fire danger

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

  • 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)

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: Gilpin County—Stage 2 restrictions; Boulder County—Stage 2 restrictions; US Forest Service Stage 3 fire restrictions

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

  • Drive safely: many bicyclists, hikers, and horseback riders recreate on Rollins Pass
  • There are many blind curves—expect a car around each one!
  • Some sections of the pass are wide enough for only one vehicle
  • 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 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 information 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 information specifically acknowledges and agrees that Preserve Rollins Pass is not liable for any conduct or misconduct of any visitor.

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Rollins Pass is closed in Gilpin and Boulder Counties due to extreme wildfire danger. No smoking or campfires are allowed anywhere in Colorado.
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