Berthoud Pass Trailhead


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

Note: The warming hut is closed for the season.

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 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: The warming hut is closed. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, please avoid crowded trailheads and do not park along the highway. Law enforcement and/or search and rescue operations may be limited due to response to the current health crisis.
Fees No
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
Information Center: Clear Creek Ranger District Visitor Services and Idaho Springs Visitor Center; 303-567-4382; Contact Us

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