Rollins Pass (11,671′), Front Range
Rollins Pass is located on the Continental Divide, approximately five miles east of Winter Park, when approaching from the west. The abandoned rail route over the pass was designated a National Register of Historic Places in 1980 because of engineering feats accomplished by railroading efforts in the early 20th century.
The 4×4 trail takes you along one of the highest and most dangerous railroad routes ever built. The railroad had to deal with huge snow drifts, arctic climates, and steep grades, causing many incidents over the years. The route was used until 1927, when the nearby Moffat Tunnel was completed.
The route chosen was to climb to the pass from the west side heading east. Regardless, the route from either side is out and back. The route across the pass is closed from the Continental Divide to the Needle’s Eye Tunnel to motorized traffic.
- Trailhead: Hwy 40 – Winter Park
- Round trip: 20.6 miles / 33.2 km (easy)
- Elevation: 9,105′- 11,671′ / 2,776 m – 3,558 m
- County: Grand
- National Forest: Arapaho
- Wilderness: James Peak Protection Area
Rollins Pass is sometimes given the nickname of Corona Pass, named for the apex station at the summit, Corona
The abandoned rail route over Rollins Pass accepted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1980
GPX with Elevation
Take the Corona Pass Rd turnoff on the northbound side of US-40 just south of Winter Park. The pass once had a town called Corona at the summit, which is why the road has it’s name. The road is very rocky at the begining, and in sections all the way up. Stay on the main road all the way to the pass.
At the summit you will be in what was once the town of Corona. The route across the pass is closed from the Continental Divide to the Needle’s Eye Tunnel to motorized traffic, so retrace your route back down.