Berthoud Pass Trailhead

A photo of Berthoud Pass Trailhead from the Berthoud Pass parking lot.

The Berthoud Pass Trailhead is located on Hwy 40 near the Continental Divide. It offers a variety of summer and winter activities.

Facilities include a warming hut (during winter months) with vault toilets and interpretive information.

Hiking opportunities include hiking on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail through the Vasquez Peak Wilderness or the James Peak Wilderness. Winter activities include backcountry skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Be sure to check avalanche information at the Colorado Avalanche Information Center before heading out in the winter.
Usage: Heavy
  • No winter sledding allowed on either side of the pass.
  • No snowmobiling in the area.
  • No camping, campfires, stoves, dogs or smoking inside the Berthoud Pass warming hut.
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Closest Towns: Empire; Winter Park
Water: No
Restroom: Vault toilets
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Take US-40 about 14 miles west from Interstate 70 to the summit of Berthoud Pass. The parking area is on the right (east) side of the highway.


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11,307' - 12,493' Mines Peak