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Horseback Riding: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > South Park Ranger District

Quick Facts

Browns Pass Road

Beginning Elevation: 10,000 Feet (3117.2 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult (dirt road)
Elevation Gain: 1,372 Feet (427.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,372 Feet (3544.9 Meters) Browns Pass
Length: 15.0 Miles (24.1 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 110 Leadville, Fairplay
Recommended Season: Summer
Road Number: 176
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Fairplay West
Vehicle Accessibility: High-clearance, 4WD Vehicle

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General Description

Browns Pass Road is located north of Breakneck Pass and leads into the same drainage. The pass lies near timberline between Sheep Park and Sheep Ridge. Visitors who reach the pass can see Horseshoe Mountain (13,898) directly to the west. Horseshoe Mountain is a glacial cirque-otherwise known as the birthplace of glaciers.

Browns Pass is a steep and narrow dirt road; travelers should proceed at their own risk. A high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicle is strongly recommended. This pass is usually open mid-May to mid-October.

Directions from Fairplay: From Fairplay drive south 3.2 miles on Highway 285 to County Road 20. County Road 20 will eventually turn into Forest Road 176, also known as Brown Pass Road. High Clearance vehicles are strongly recommended

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Late May through September .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Browns Pass Road
ICON Horseback Riding Browns Pass Road
ICON Scenic Driving Browns Pass Road

Related Activities
Breakneck Pass Road - Breakneck Pass leads west from Weston Pass into Sheep Park. Initially used to access mining prospects, the road sees very little use today.

Fourmile Campground - The Fourmile Campground consists of 14 individual family campsites, each with a table, fire grate and parking spur. Fishing, exploring mining sites and hiking are favorite activities of visitors to this site.

Horseshoe Campground - This campground consists of 19 individual family campsites, each with a table, fire grate, and parking spur. The area offers opportunities for fishing, hiking, biking and motorcycle riding.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Pike and San Isabel National Forests, 1920 Valley Drive , Pueblo, CO, 81008, Phone: 719-545-8737, Fax: 719-543-8926


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