The state’s No. 1 dangerous pass is ...

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The state’s No. 1 dangerous pass is ...

Herald looks at snow, accidents, switchbacks to make determination
A switchback turn on the west side of Wolf Creek Pass about 18 miles east of Pagosa Springs on U.S Highway 160 is one of the more dangerous areas on the mountain pass with a 200-foot dropoff on the other side of the curve.
Three runaway truck ramps on Wolf Creek Pass offer a bit of safety to truckers on the road.
Marcos Katsos, with the Colorado Department of Transportation Patrol 18, probes the snow at the Avalanche Training Park at summit of Wolf Creek Pass while searching for a buried piece of wood with a beacon on it during avalanche training for plow drivers and Colorado State Patrol officers.
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Wolf Creek Pass is listed as one of the most dangerous mountain passes in Colorado.
As motorists reach the summit of Wolf Creek Pass, signs warn them of the long steep descent they will encounter.
A switchback turn on the west side of Wolf Creek Pass is one of the more dangerous areas on the mountain pass with a 200-foot dropoff on the other side of the curve.
What are the odds?

Worst odds for a wipeout: Monarch Pass – An average of 60 wrecks in the last three years makes this steep and high road between Gunnison and Salida your worst bet. Find better odds on Loveland Pass, which averages more than 100,000 safe trips for

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How we did it

To determine the worst mountain pass in Colorado, the Herald assembled several bits of data into a spreadsheet.
The Colorado Department of Transportation provided a list of 30 passes.
Only year-round passes were counted. (Sorry, Aspenites,

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The state’s No. 1 dangerous pass is ...

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A switchback turn on the west side of Wolf Creek Pass about 18 miles east of Pagosa Springs on U.S Highway 160 is one of the more dangerous areas on the mountain pass with a 200-foot dropoff on the other side of the curve.
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Three runaway truck ramps on Wolf Creek Pass offer a bit of safety to truckers on the road.
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Marcos Katsos, with the Colorado Department of Transportation Patrol 18, probes the snow at the Avalanche Training Park at summit of Wolf Creek Pass while searching for a buried piece of wood with a beacon on it during avalanche training for plow drivers and Colorado State Patrol officers.
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Chavez
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Wolf Creek Pass is listed as one of the most dangerous mountain passes in Colorado.
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As motorists reach the summit of Wolf Creek Pass, signs warn them of the long steep descent they will encounter.
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A switchback turn on the west side of Wolf Creek Pass is one of the more dangerous areas on the mountain pass with a 200-foot dropoff on the other side of the curve.
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