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The Colorado Pass Book: A Guide to Colorado's Backroad Mountain Passes (The Pruett Series) Paperback – March 1, 2000

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This comprehensive guide to Colorado's spectacular mountain pass roads is chock-full of intriguing historical narratives, photographs of breathtaking vistas, and tips for four-wheel driving, including a section on navigating with a global positioning system (GPS) receiver. Explore beautiful Colorado with this new edition's current orientation, directions, terrain descriptions, and Forest Service contacts.

About the Author

Don Koch is an avid backcountry traveler and a retired land use and environmental planning consultant for state agencies and local governments throughout Colorado. He lives in Denver.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Pruett Series
  • Paperback: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Westwinds Press; 3rd ed. edition (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871088797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871088796
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #649,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David W. Straight on July 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
I've been buying editions of this wonderful book as they come

out--if you fly into Colorado and rent a 4WD from Hertz, Avis,

or whatever, and want adventure--this is a great guide. The

book describes 60-odd Colorado passes "suitable" for driving.

This does not include any of the regular paved road passes,

many of which are fun, but very few of which are hair-raising.

The roads range from well-drained gravel to boulder-strewn

ruts, and the book carefully delineates exactly what kind of

vehicle is required and what conditions to expect. There are

plenty of photographs, but no topo maps (which I would strongly

recommend for some of the passes).

My interest started when I read Marshall Sprague's Great Gates,

about the Rocky Mountain Passes, and saw the description of

Tomichi Pass as "the worst shelf trail in the Rockies for man,

beast, or mountain goat". Many years later, after I had bought

The Colorado Pass Book I drove over this route--which isn't too

bad if you don't mind a very steep, off-camber narrow shelf

barely wider than my car, with a 300' sheer drop down to my right

and a sheer cliff up on the driver's side--if I had wanted to

leave my car I would have had to go out through the tailgate!

And there are even worse places, such as Black Bear/Ingram Pass

("extreme caution needed" says the Pass Book) where if you think

you know what the word "switchbacks" means, you're mistaken!

There are plenty of gentler passes described--so there are

passes suitable for almost anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
I recently bought this book as I wanted a good guide on going up to some good mountain passes. This book is very thorough and gives great details on many of the backroad passes in Colorado. My first trip was to Jones Pass and the details in the book described the entire trip perfectly! I couldn't be happier with this book and I highly reccomend it. I am looking forward to my next mountain pass trip!
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This is a wonderful guide to Colorado mountain passes. For explorers on foot or in vehicle, the author offers all the necessary information on distance, elevation. level of difficulty, side roads, scenic views, and historic interests. For armchair enjoyers of such information, the photos are fantastic (both current-day and historical), and the information on each mountain pass is absorbing. Highly recommended.
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By Michael on July 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
For those who love history, the mountains and exploring things "off the beaten" path, this is a simply fantastic book. The details are amazing and the writing style excellent and easy to understand. I highly recommend this, even if you don't plan on using it as a guide -- it's just fascinating for all who enjoy Colorado and her wonderful history and scenery.
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