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Loveland Pass, Keystone

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Loveland Pass is a high mountain pass in the western United States, at an elevation of 11990ft above sea level in the Rocky Mountains of north-central Colorado.BackgroundIt is located on the Continental Divide in the Front Range west of Denver on U.S. Highway 6. The twisty road is considered to be especially treacherous during the winter months. A steep, steady 6.7% grade, along with numerous hairpin turns on either side, make it difficult to snowplow the road regularly.Loveland is the 5th highest mountain pass in Colorado that regularly stays open during a snowy winter season. When the Eisenhower Tunnel opened in March 1973, it allowed motorists on Interstate 70 to avoid crossing the pass directly. Trucks that cannot pass through the tunnel must still take US 6 across Loveland Pass, 800 vertical feet (244 m) above the tunnel. The same is true for bicyclists, pedestrians, and those drivers who wish to stop along the road to admire the scenery.Loveland Ski Area is located at the east side of the pass, and Arapahoe Basin is on the west side. The pass itself is a popular destination for backcountry skiers. Occasionally during the winter, the pass road may be closed by a blizzard and all traffic must use the tunnel, even the normally forbidden HAZMAT-carrying vehicles. In the event of less serious winter storms, chain restrictions are often imposed. At the Loveland Pass parking lot, visitors can access trails to the summits of Mount Sniktau and other nearby mountain peaks.
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  • Good walk along the ridge. Relative fitness is needed as it is a little thin up there. But whole family managed it and enjoyed it. Great memories made here.  more »
  • We took this route and stopped and took a hike. We walked over a half mile up. It was a little challenging at times to adjust to the altitude but we just stopped to take a break when we got winded. De...  more »
  • Wanted to take the kids up to high elevation with minimal difficulty. Road up was not crowded and at top there was great views as well as a lot of snow (in June) for the to play on. Worth the 90 minut...  more »
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  • Awesome views! You can drive over the continental divide, or hike the rest of the way to a summit. There's even a cool place to just sit and enjoy the scenery. Bypass the tunnel and take this drive. You won't regret it!
  • Amazing view and awesome spot to see the snowboarders jump down to go free boarding! Went here with the family last winter and is another place to just enjoy the outdoors!
  • Thee most stunning views and surrounded by top notch slopes on either side (Loveland and A-basin). Take it easy going up and down, storms and ice love to suddenly appear as well as avalanches. Usually better then the tunnels unless you catch them off peak hrs
  • I had a great time here until this stupid lady ask me to cut my SUV off. She said the fumes were killing her lungs. She continues to curse me and I continue to rev my engine while her family props chairs up behind my car lol she was a nut job and I hope I run into her next time I go back. We will have a snow ball fight lol. 4 stars because she was a nut job!
  • If you are in the area, you have GOT to go the Loveland Pass. Especially on a cloudy day. It's amazing. The way the clouds go over the mountain and then slowly dissapear makes for awesome timelapses and pictures. Next time I am in Colorado I will definitely come here again. PRO TIP: You are going to want some sort of jacket or sweatshirt. Basically, something to keep you warm because the wind will make you cold after a few minutes.

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