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Kenosha Pass, Fairplay

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Kenosha Pass, elevation 10000ft, is a high mountain pass located in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado in the United States.
The pass is located in the Rocky Mountains southwest of Denver, Colorado, just northeast of the town of Fairplay, Colorado. Geologically, the pass is located atop a large granite batholith (known as the Kenosha Batholith) that forms the spine of the Front Range along the eastern side of South Park. It is traversed by US 285 between Jefferson and Grant, and provides a route between the valley of the North Fork South Platte River and the headwaters of the South Platte River in South Park. In addition to providing one of the principal access routes to South Park, the pass offers dramatic views of the surrounding Rockies, including the nearby peaks of Mount Evans and Mount Bierstadt.
The pass is easily traversable by most vehicles, never reaching above the treeline and featuring easily negotiable curves along an amply wide highway. The approach on the eastern side is fairly gentle, ascending from near Grant up a gulch at the headwaters of the North Fork. The western side of the pass has a steeper ascent, winding up the flank of a mountainside east of the town of Jefferson. An overlook on the west side of the pass offers a panoramic view of South Park. The top of the pass is nearly flat and surrounded by the Pike National Forest, with a National Forest Service campground on the summit.
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  • Musicians and painters from the Park County Creative Alliance were up painting the beautiful landscapes and musicians sent their mellow sounds across the passes and mountainsides on two weekends in ea...  more »
  • We hike fairly often, so I would not call any of these trails a "hike" they are all mostly flat, and there are no switch-backs making this easy for any ability level. But, this is the place to go in t...  more »
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  • Always busy, but such a pretty spot. Great place to see Aspens next month!
  • What an incredible day on the trail! Pristine forest lands covered in snow with no wind and reasonable temperatures.. Love it

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