Scenic USA - Colorado
Each day Scenic USA presents a new and interesting photo feature from somewhere in the United States. Chosen from a wide variety
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of unique vacation destinations and photographic subjects. Each feature is coupled with a brief explanation. For further detailed
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Points of Interest
|Photo by Roger Gillette
McClure Pass, just south of Glenwood Springs, reaches nearly 8800 feet in elevation, a small fry in Rocky Mountain terms. Hats off to Colorado's DOT as it does an outstanding job engineering some of the most sophisticated highways in America. From each side of the Divide, the state's rugged terrain calls for roads to climb to extreme altitudes. In dealing with 39 mountain pass roads, grades vary from 3 to 9.4 percent. Although not a high mountain pass, McClure Pass is one of the steepest paved roads in the state, requiring drivers to climb an 8 percent grade.
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