Project Description

The Berthoud Pass assessment area is located in north central Colorado, within northern Clear Creek County and southern Grand County. It lies about 60 miles west of Denver, Colo., and about 25 miles south of Granby, Colo. The assessment area lies on the Continental Divide and is bisected by U.S. Highway 40 and the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.

Public Involvement

In the future, public meetings and scoping documents will be posted here.

Berthoud Pass Assessment

The Forest Service completed the Berthoud Pass Assessment in May 2004. The purpose of the assessment was to develop a management concept and define desired future conditions for the area. The Forest Service recognizes that Berthoud Pass is an important recreation area in need of restroom facilities, refuse collection, interpretation, education and management of the snowplay area at the pass.
Final Assessment (pdf, 520KB) (brings you to the entire pdf version)


Management Area Map (pdf, 262KB)

Lynx Habitat Map (pdf, 1.22MB)

Vicinity Map (pdf, 1.18MB)

Assessment Area Map (pdf, 626KB)


In June 2004, Colorado State Parks in partnership with the Forest Service and Continental Divide Trail Alliance applied for a $2,400,000 Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant to meet the needs of the Berthoud Pass area, in addition to development of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. A decision by GOCO on the grant is expected in January 2005.

In anticipation of the grant, the Forest Service is in the process of developing conceptual designs for a trailhead proposal that would meet the needs of the area. A public participation process will occur in conjunction with an environmental assessment for the proposal per requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). In addition, management recommendations outlined in the Berthoud Pass Assessment may be incorporated into the Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan) through an amendment, which will include public participation.
Trailhead Proposal Timeline (html version)

Trailhead Proposal Timeline ( pdf, 83.3KB)

Berthoud Pass Briefing Paper (html version)

Berthoud Pass Briefing Paper (pdf, 52.8KB)

For More Information on this Project:

Contact Donna Mickley via Email or by phone:
(303) 275-5166

Office Hours

Daily: 8:00 – 4:30
Monday – Friday

Office Address

740 Simms Street
Golden, CO 80401

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 25127
Lakewood, CO 80225