Hagerman Pass


Traveling west from Turquoise Lake, Hagerman Pass winds it's way up a summit and back down into the White River National Forest. Sections within the Leadville Ranger District can be very rough, and are suitable only for high clearance four wheel drive vehicles. The top of the pass rises to 12,075 feet,  and offers spectacular views of Turquoise Lake and the surrounding Wilderness.

Though visitors may drive close to Wilderness areas, bicycles and motorized vehicles are not allowed within Wilderness. Rules and Regulations apply. Vehicles are not allowed off of designated routes.

Please click on the link for the Hagerman Pass information sheet.

At a Glance

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General Info:


High clearance recommended, not necessarily 4WD. Look for a few rocky places and ruts. At the top of the pass, 12,075 feet, there are good views of the Turquoise Lake Valley to the east and the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness to the southwest.

Good scenic drive for viewing wildflowers, pika and marmot. Just before the pass, look to the south over Hagerman Lake to see remnants of the Colorado Midland Railroad, which has one of the most interesting histories of railroads still today, and has accomplished some of the most incredible feats along the Hagerman Pass Road.

Permits & Regulations

Forest Service roads open to motorized vehicles are posted with white arrows. Wilderness areas such as Collegiate Peaks and Mount Massive are by regulation permanently closed to motor­ized and mechanized vehicles, including mountain bikes.

Safety Information

 Storms are common in this area, and can make driving difficult. Please consult the weather forecast of the area you will be traveling before departure.

Seasonal Information

Storms are frequent in this area, especially during summer months. Winter brings icy conditions, and will close down the pass from November until late June.

Scenic Driving

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