Rabbit Ears Pass, Colorado

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Rabbit Ears Pass

Rabbit Ears Pass is a mountainous pass in the Colorado High Country that is known for its false summit and distinctive rabbit ears appearance of a nearby peak.

  • After extending over Berthoud and Rabbit Ears Pass, US 40 became the first transmountain-transcontinental highway to provide year-round travel.
  • The Fox Curve Loop, 3 miles in length, is a moderate cross-country trail located approximately 17 miles east of Steamboat Springs off of the Fox Curve Parking Area on Rabbit Ears Pass.
  • The longest snowmobile jump in history was recorded near Rabbit Ears Pass with an astounding 263.5 ft.

Overview

Rabbit Ears Pass, boasting a summit of 9,246 ft., also encompasses the Continental Divide. Upon driving east on US 40 from Steamboat Springs, many visitors believe they have reached the summit when, in fact, the initial rise is simply a 9,400 high point.

Location / Directions

Rabbit Ears Pass is located near the towns of Steamboat Springs and Kremmling, Colo. As the pass is along US 40, many locals and travelers alike traverse it each year.

From Steamboat Springs, head east on US 40 for 21 miles. From the town of Kremmling, drive west on US 40 for 30 miles.

Seasons

Rabbit Ears Pass is open year-round. However, the pass is subject to close due to hazardous driving/weather conditions.

Activities

The area-surrounding Rabbit Ears Pass offers a multitude of activities throughout each season.

In the winter, Rabbit Ears Pass is known as the state’s snowmobiling mecca. Due in part to its close proximity to nearby Steamboat Springs many offerings of winter activities, the pass’s unsurpassed wilderness offers beginner through expert snowmobilers many opportunities for free riding or guided tours. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are also popular alternatives to snowmobiling.

In the summer season, camping, hiking and off roading with All Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s) are available throughout the area. For example, Rabbit Ears Peak Trail, 6 miles round-trip in length, offers exceptional views of the rock formation that resembles rabbit’s ears. Accessible from an old jeep road, travelers can view wildlife as well as the abundance of colorful wildflowers before setting sight on panoramic views of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness.

Additional Info

In the winter season, travelers are advised to check weather conditions before traveling via Rabbit Ears Pass.

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