Milner Pass

40°25’11”N
105°48’41”W
10,759 FEET
(3,279 M)
5.4% WB ASPHALT
EAST OF ESTES PARK ON TRAIL RIDGE ROAD
Milner Pass

The pass is crossed by U.S. Highway 34 between Grand Lake and Estes Park.

 

Alpine Visitor Center is located on Fall River Pass at the intersection of Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road. Trail Ridge Road is closed during the winter and usually stays closed until late spring or early summer. (See Partner Passes: Iceberg Pass, Milner Pass and Trail Ridge High Point)

SUGGESTED ROUTE (PAVED) 42.5 MILES

Complete Milner Pass, Fall River Pass, Iceberg Pass and Trail Ridge High Point along this route.
Begin at Kawuneeche Visitor Center (Rocky Mountain National Park West entrance) near Grand Lake
Ride Trail Ridge Road to Milner Pass--mile 16.5
Continue to Alpine Visitor Center for Fall River Pass--mile 21
Fall River to Trail Ridge Road Summit/Trail Ridge High Point--mile 23
Trail Ridge High Point to Iceberg Pass--mile 24
Finish at Beaver Meadows Visitors Center--mile 42.5

THE CLIMB

Being above tree line, the pass can be windy, and 20-30 degrees colder than Estes Park or Grand Lake. The actual summit is not on the road. There is a one-way dirt road to cross over the summit. As you ride, keep your eyes open for bighorn sheep, elk, pikas, marmots, ptarmigans as well as 200 species of tiny alpine plants!

NEARBY TOWNS

Estes Park, 24 miles to the east
Grand Lake, 23 miles to the south

FUN FACTS

The Arapaho Indians called this pass “Deer Pass”. Your guess is as good as mine!

HISTORY

Joseph and Ann Milner came from England in 1830 with their children and arrived in Quebec, Canada. Joseph was a successful construction contractor and the family lived a social and luxurious life. Always searching for opportunity, when gold was discovered in the Rocky Mountains, Joseph moved his family west by wagon train (1864). They settled in Burlington, Colorado (now know as Longmont). He then bought a large cattle ranch with some of his sons on Redstone Creek northeast of what is now Masonville. Milner Pass, Milner Mountain and Milner Glade are named after this pioneer family.