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Kebler Pass Scenic Road

Sawatch Range + Elk Mountains, Colorado

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  • Entering Gunnison National Forest on GCR 12, which travels over Kebler Pass.- Kebler Pass Scenic Road
  • Pavement ends. - Kebler Pass Scenic Road
  • The road to Kebler Pass. - Kebler Pass Scenic Road
  • Fall color on Kebler Pass. - Kebler Pass Scenic Road
  • Fall color on Kebler Pass. - Kebler Pass Scenic Road
  • Fall color on Kebler Pass. - Kebler Pass Scenic Road
  • Fall color on Kebler Pass. - Kebler Pass Scenic Road
  • Fall color on Kebler Pass. - Kebler Pass Scenic Road
  • Fall color on Kebler Pass. - Kebler Pass Scenic Road
  • Fall color on Kebler Pass. - Kebler Pass Scenic Road
  • Fall color on Kebler Pass. - Kebler Pass Scenic Road
  • Fall color on Kebler Pass. - Kebler Pass Scenic Road
  • Fall color on Kebler Pass. - Kebler Pass Scenic Road
  • Fall color on Kebler Pass. - Kebler Pass Scenic Road
  • Cyclists on Kebler Pass.- Kebler Pass Scenic Road
  • The USA Pro Challenge cycling race heads over Kebler Pass. - Kebler Pass Scenic Road
  • Kebler Pass. - Kebler Pass Scenic Road
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Scenic. Easy access.
Cons: 
Not accessible during winter months.
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Region:
Sawatch Range + Elk Mountains, CO
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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While most of Colorado’s scenery is easy on the eyes, the explosion of dominating the landscape every spring and fall on Kebler Pass is especially eye catching.

Technically called Gunnison County Road 12, Kebler Pass is a scenic mountain road that stretches about 30 miles from Highway 133 near Paonia State Park to Crested Butte. The road is only accessible via snowmobile in the winter, but for spring wildflower hunters or fall color seekers, it doesn’t get much better.

From the west, after turning onto County Road 12, travelers reach a national forest boundary sign where the road turns to gravel. It remains a two-lane road with a mellow grade the entire way. Near the top at 10,007-feet it switches to pavement, but it quickly returns to smooth gravel until reaching Crested Butte. Aside from the myriad pull-offs to view flora and fauna you'll encounter trailheads, dispersed camping, and a developed campground along the way.

In August, 2014, the USA Pro Challenge bike race held a stage where elite cyclists from all over the world rode up and over the pass in rainy conditions and finished on Mount Crested Butte. Amateurs are welcome to ride over the pass anytime it's open, but summertime afternoon thunderstorms occur like clockwork, so come prepared with an extra layer.

For those traveling by vehicle, fill up your gas tank in Carbondale if you are coming from Highway 133, or in Crested Butte if you are starting the trip from the east. There are no gas stations along the 75-mile route, nor is there cell service for most of the way.

The highway signs entering the state read “Welcome to Colorful Colorado” because of roads like Kebler Pass. The best time for wildflower viewing tends to be late-May through June. Fall color peaks around the end of September into October.

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