Red Mountain Pass

Total Miles


3697.84 ft


2.5 Hours

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Best Time

Fall, Summer

Trail Overview

Red Mountain Pass is an easy Jeep trail that combines a lot of old mining structures with great alpine scenery. The trail connects with Highway 550 about in the middle, so can be divided into two sections. The northern section is viewable from the Red Mountain Mining History Viewpoint on Highway 550. There are numerous ruins for exploration. One of the most visited is the Yankee Girl headframe shown to the right. It is unusual as it has a 1,200' vertical shaft under the headframe. There are numerous other structures in various stages of decomposition. The Longfellow Mine is located near where the northern section intersects US 550. Old ore cars are visible below the structures along US 550. The southern portion of the trail is much different than the northern. It is mostly above the timberline and offers great views of the surrounding area. There are only a few mines in the area.


Uneven, rutted dirt trail with loose rocks, sand, erosion, and washes. Potential water crossings up to a foot deep, mud holes, and obstacles up to 18", including ledges and short, steep grades. Roads are typically one vehicle wide with places to pass.

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