Hayden Pass (10,709′), Sangre de Cristo Range
Hayden Pass road crosses the Sangre de Cristo Mountains between Villa Grove in the west, and Coaldale to the east. The road is most challenging and scenic when started from Villa Grove, on the southwest side. With grades up to 20%, great views of the San Luis valley below can be seen.
This is one of only two vehicle passes over the Sangre de Cristo range. The other vehicle pass being Medano Pass, on the southern tip of the range. This pass travels through the Great Sand Dunes National Park.
GPS Route with Elevation
Start by accessing Hayden Pass RD (FR 6) from Coaldale on the east side of the Sangre de Cristo mountains or from Villa Grove on the west side.
The pass is more difficult if started on the west side (Villa Grove) because you are climbing on a very rocky trail.
Hayden Pass summit is a large flat area after a continuous climb. The views from the road here are blocked by thick forest.
The road on the east side of the pass is better maintained and not as rocky.