Jones Pass

Great vistas and wildflowers.

A snowfield closes the road on Jones Pass, near Empire, Colorado.

How to get there:

Nine miles west of Empire, just past Berthoud Falls, turn left onto the Henderson Mine Rd and continue 1.8 miles to CR202, just before the mine entrance.

  • From I-70/C470 to CR 202
  • 38 miles 45 mins
  • GPS
  • CR 202
  • 39.7716 -105.8455

In General:ATVs Allowed - Check Regulations4wd high clearance vehicle requiredCampgroundHiking Seasonal Closure

  • Length: 4 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 30 mins

The easy, slightly rough 4wd road travels above the Henderson Mine to the summit of Jones Pass (12,453 ft).

Photo Ops:

Mile 0.5 – TH HikingScenic vistasFlowersMushroom hunting area

TH leads to a beautiful section of the Colorado Trail winding along the flank of Vasquez Peak. This is a popular mushroom hunting area in season and the trail will lead to some great vistas and abundant summer wildflowers.

Mile 1.4 – Meadow Scenic vistasFlowersWildlife

A picturesque meadow and stream with possible wildlife and wildflower photo ops.

Mile 2.9 – Basin FlowersScenic vistas

Acres of Indian Paintbrush in the small basin north of the road.

Mile 3.4 – Switchbacks Scenic vistas

Fine views from the switchbacks in this area of the Indian Peaks range to the northeast and the area below the pass to the south.

Mile 2 – Jones Pass Scenic vistasHiking

Impressive vistas from the summit in all directions. The Colorado Trail crosses the road.

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