Another spectacular mountain pass in Colorado is on the Western Slope:
I camped out near the top in October 1981, before the snow hit, and the star gazing was spectacular!
I ‘m thinking of starting a Scenic Drive ping list or something like that.
Holy crap, thats one shear cliff with no guard rails!!
Red Mountain Pass is on highway 550 that goes from Ouray to Silverton and then on south to Durango. Not one local drives that road in the winter. No guard rails, avalanches take them out, snow sheds in some places.
One year they had to wait for the spring thaw to locate one
of the snow plows that had been swept off the road.