Best time to visit Colorado

Tincup Pass

One of the highest and most beautiful mountain roads in Colorado

Tincup Pass in Colorado 2019 - Best Time
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A scenic drive through Tincup Pass is a rewarding experience promising breathtaking views and historic towns. Located in Gunnison County, Colorado, the road climbs for about 20 km (12.4 miles) to an elevation of 3,704 m (12,154 ft) above sea level, being one of the highest in the state. The dirt trail passes by scenic Gunnison & San Isabel National Forests, lush aspen groves, and rugged peaks.

Tin Cup Pass 2019
Tin Cup Pass

Tincup Pass road is recommended for high-clearance 4WD cars during the summer months roughly from late June to October, although in some places snow is still present as late as July. The trail features a few steep sections and a few narrow areas where two cars can barely pass each other.

The switchbacks we took to get to Tin Cup Pass 2019
The switchbacks we took to get to Tin Cup Pass

Tincup Pass road offers visitors to explore historic Colorado mountain towns. In particular, Tincup and St. Elmo, the most fascinating ghost towns in the state. In Tincup, visitors can stop by a store and a cafe and wander around century-old buildings. St. Elmo boasts a few active businesses like ATV rental and a general store.

Tincup Pass also provides a few hiking opportunities, such as the trail to Fitzpatrick Peak. In summer it features a sea of wildflowers.