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A Guide To Colorado's Most Dangerous Roads
Colorado’s widely varying landscape provides drivers an incredibly diverse range of views of the Rocky Mountains from any part of the state, but the roads you travel to get there aren’t always as pleasant. With drastic elevation changes throughout many of these roads, weather can change very quickly and put drivers in unwanted dangerous situations.
We have compiled a list of all of Colorado’s most dangerous roads to drive, from heavy traffic areas to medium and low traffic roads that have proven to be very treacherous for many drivers through the years. In the event that you are driving down any of these roads and another driver is operating their vehicle negligently and causes an accident, get in touch with the best car accident attorneys in Colorado Springs right away for a no-cost consultation.
Most Dangerous Medium Traffic Roads In Colorado
These are the roads less travelled than the main highways like I-70 and I-25, but are still very dangerous for drivers. The amount of traffic isn’t extremely high, but the road conditions and ease of driving is significantly higher on small mountain roads that wind deep into the Rocky Mountains. Don’t get caught out on these roads without safety gear and an expert level driver or you might end up needing a nearby car accident attorney help to navigate your accident claim.
Rabbit Ears Pass
9,426 ft ~
Pikes Peak Highway
14,115 ft ~
13,114 ft ~
Telluride is a beautiful place that is world famous for its skiing but getting there is not an easy task. If you are coming south from Ouray, CO to Telluride, CO the most direct route is to take Imogene Pass through the mountains(though it’s not a very direct route at all). This road is very tight and most of the distance is above 13,000 ft high, so you know the weather is unpredictable up there. Mix that with high winds and icy roads and your drive is going to be stressful to say the least.
Mount Evans Scenic Byway
14,160 ft ~
Mount Evans is known for its paved road all the way to the top of a 14,000 ft mountain that is accessible during the summer months to avoid unnecessary accidents. Mount Evans Scenic Bypass has been carefully crafted into the mountain to provide a safe road for tourists to travel easily to the top of a 14er in Colorado, which is a limited task as most mountains do not have access roads that go that high. Starting from the Idaho Springs Visitor Center just off of I-70, the Byway takes you straight to the top of Mount Evans, no hiking required. Get ready for a beautiful drive, but don’t look over the edge!
13,207 ft ~
Loveland Pass – Highway 6
11,991 ft ~
Gold Belt Scenic Byway
9,500 ft ~
Coal Bank Pass
10,640 ft ~
Red Mountain Pass
11,018 ft ~
Another dangerous section of the Million Dollar Highway is Red Mountain Pass that goes all the way up to 11,018 ft at its summit and connects Silverton, CO to Ouray, CO through the mountains. This pass is even worse than the Coal Bank Pass, as it is extremely narrow. So narrow in fact that there is no room for guardrails, so you should probably keep your large vehicles off of this road. With very steep cliffs on your side, this road will make your stomach turn so keep it slow and you should be able to get through safely.
Oh My God Road – Two Brothers Road
9,383 ft ~
Connecting Idaho Springs at I-70 to Central City, Oh My God Road has rightly earned its name although its proper name is Two Brothers Road as you will see on a map. Very narrow roads and steep cliffs mean you need to take this one slow and steady to come out the other end safely. If you aren’t feeling up to it, there is another route up Central City Parkway that won’t have you scared to look out the window.
Wolf Creek Pass
10,856 ft ~
11,312 ft ~
11,307 ft ~
12,095 ft ~
Trail Ridge Road
12,000 ft ~
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12,000 ft ~
Most Dangerous High Traffic Roads In Colorado
Interstate 70 – Resort Gateway
11,158 ft at Eisenhower Tunnel
Stretching from Utah, through Colorado and all the way out to Maryland, I-70 is a famous interstate highway that is widely used every day for local and interstate travel. Mostly flat in some areas, Colorado gives drivers the most treacherous section of I-70 through the Rocky Mountains. Starting just west of Denver, the elevation rises steeply and turns constantly through the mountains. Starting just west of Denver, the elevation rises steeply and turns constantly through the mountains. Extreme weather is common in this section, especially where you meet the Eisenhower tunnel at 11,518 ft of elevation where white out conditions are common and extremely dangerous when traveling at 55mph. Going through this part is a necessity if you want to make it to all of Colorado’s famous ski resorts. Other heavily trafficked sections across the downtown and Denver metro area are very congested at rush hour times and usually still busy late into the night so be sure to use caution.
Interstate 25 – Front Range Corridor
6,000 ft ~
Ahh, the dreaded I-25 corridor. We have all driven this nightmare of a highway with its neverending construction and 2 lanes to stuff massive amounts of commuter traffic into and I’m sure we can all agree that the expansion projects and improvements are much needed for our constantly growing state. This road goes north and south across the entire state of Colorado with a typical speed limit of 75 mph(except in some areas) that allows you to move quickly across the front range. Thousands of drivers use this highway every day to commute between Denver, Colorado Springs, Castle Rock, Pueblo and more make rush hour a very dangerous time to be on I-25 with numerous car accidents happening every single day.
State Highway 470 – Denver Beltway
5,280 ft ~
Highway 160 – Southern Passage
10,857 ft ~
US 550 – Million Dollar Highway
10,000 -11,000 ft ~
Denver Metro Main Roads
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If You Get In An Accident, We Are Here To Help You Through The Process
This article may tempt you to go drive all of these roads and we encourage you to explore this beautiful state, but please drive with caution as many of these roads have no room for error. In the unfortunate event that you are involved in an accident during your trip, you’re not sure what to do after a car accident that’s not your fault or even on your daily commute to work, get in touch with a car accident lawyer near you right away so they can make sure you are compensated fairly for your injuries. At Rector Stuzynski LLC, we have decades of experience helping car crash victims get back to their normal lives and we pride ourselves in helping our fellow neighbors, so give us a call for a free consultation any time at (719) 578-1106.
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