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Schofield Pass, Crested Butte

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Schofield Pass, elevation 10,707 ft (3,263 m), is a mountain pass in the Elk Mountains of Colorado. The pass is the high point on Gothic Road, which connects the towns of Marble and Crested Butte. The pass is closed for most of the year due to snow or mud, and is open only for one or two months in late summer.

The road over the summit to the townsite of Schofield is suitable for a passenger car with moderate clearance if traveling from Crested Butte; however, between Schofield and the town of Crystal it becomes recommended for Jeeps and ATVs only as it descends into the Devil's Punchbowl Canyon and becomes an exposed, narrow, rocky shelf road. From the northwest, high clearance vehicles can make it from Marble to Crystal via two routes.

The road west of the pass is considered one of the most dangerous in Colorado. In 1970, an over-loaded vehicle ran off the road and into Crystal River, killing 9 of the 12 passengers.
Schofield Pass was named for B. F. Schofield, a silver miner.
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  • This was the most beautiful pass of all we visited in Colorado- the beautiful meadows and wildflowers. Go as far as it is safe for your vehicle to go- we had a suburban AWD but couldn't make it all...  more »
  • This is a great drive, very scenic. First few miles is dusty and a decent amount of traffic, but once you get to the 4WD warning sign no more people. Only attempt the actual pass in a good...  more »
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  • Beautiful pass. Make sure you have a 4x4 vehicle that isn't too wide.

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