Coal Bank Pass

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The southernmost of the three high-mountain passes on US 550 sits amid beautiful spruce-fir forest. A parking area at the top of the pass is a good spot to stop and walk around a bit. Two trails provide access to the trees, where species such as Pine Grosbeak, Red Crossbill, Gray Jay, and American Three-toed Woodpecker can be found. Even if you don’t walk the trails, this a nice spot to relax for a few minutes and watch the chipmunks and golden-mantled ground squirrels.

County: San Juan
Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest, Streamside Willow

Directions: From the San Juan County line on US 550 travel north about 8 miles.

Delorme: 76 C3
Roads of Colorado: 130 C2

Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
Ownership: US Forest Service
Admission: Free

Restrictions: None
Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: None

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: None

Latitude: 37.69988
Longitude: -107.777773

Amenities

RestroomsYes
Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsNo
Paved TrailsNo
Platform/BlindNo
BoardwalkNo
ConcessionNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo
PrimitiveYes
Camping
Picnic
HuntingYes
FishingYes