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Most Dangerous Highways in Colorado

With its rugged, mountainous terrain, it should come as no surprise that Colorado can be a risky place to drive. In some cases, the roads are dangerous because of the natural setting they’ve been built in. In others, they’re dangerous because of the amount of traffic they attract, the layout of the road, or other man made issues. While you may not always be able to avoid these roads—there are only so many ways to get from point A to point B—you can at least know where you should be extra cautious.

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Narrow and Mountainous Roads

Many of Colorado’s most dangerous roads are those that take you up and down the state’s many scenic mountains. A shocking amount of these roads do not have guardrails, so you have to drive carefully, drive an all-terrain vehicle, and pray that you don’t have to sneeze on the way up or down. Some of these roads include:

  • Black Bear Pass: This drive is known for leaving motorists white-knuckled with a soaring heart rate. It’s unlikely you’ll ever need to travel this road unless you’re looking for an adrenaline-fueled climb, but if you do, know that this road has a downhill one-way road that is more narrow than you can imagine.
  • Million Dollar Highway: This long road sprawls from New Mexico up to Colorado, and it’s largely known for its steep cliffs without guardrails. It got its nickname because you’d supposedly have to pay a local $1 million to drive it after a snowstorm. Although this route offers beautiful views, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to enjoy them; taking your eyes off the road for even a second could send you hurtling down the side of the mountain.
  • Monarch Pass: Known for its steep, winding design, Monarch Pass is also at risk of being hit by an avalanche at least once per year. Don’t be surprised if it’s shut down when you go. Even when there’s no snow to worry about, rock fall is an issue in summer months.
  • Mount Evans Scenic Byway: Surprisingly, this is widely regarded as a tourist attraction, although it is closed during the winter months. While this road has been known for its uneven terrain in the past, COVID-19 did give local officials the chance to make repairs. However, the road remains incredibly narrow, with just one lane of traffic in each direction. The lane closest to the cliff is not protected by guardrails, so an inexperienced driver could easily find themselves out of their comfort zone.

Colorado Roads With High Accident Rates

Although some of Colorado’s most dangerous roads are its winding mountain routes, many are just your standard urban or suburban highway. After all, what generally makes roads dangerous is not anything inherent to the roads, but the people who drive them. Reckless and inexperienced drivers are everywhere, and that means that completely unremarkable highways and city roads could see more than their fair share of accidents. Some of Colorado’s most accident-prone routes include:

  • I-25: The stretch of I-25 that runs from Exit 138 to Exit 132A sees a significant amount of accidents every year. Between 2018 and 2020, there were eight fatal accidents leading to nine deaths in this less-than-five-mile stretch.
  • W. Colfax Avenue: This stretch of road is widely regarded as the single most dangerous in Colorado. Why? From 2018 to 2020, there were 17 fatal accidents and 18 deaths in the stretch from Ingalls Street to North Broadway. That’s only a 4.1-mile drive, meaning that there were over four fatalities per mile of road.
  • I-70: From Exit 277 to Exit 282, a 4.9-mile stretch, there were seven fatalities between 2018 and 2020.

Protecting Yourself in Dangerous Areas

It’s important to remember that it truly doesn’t matter whether or not you’re on one of these dangerous Colorado roads—an accident can happen anywhere and at any time. What’s more important is that you are proactive about your safety. That means not driving while you’re distracted, never drinking and driving, staying within the speed limit, and avoiding reckless driving behaviors. It also means knowing what you should do after an accident so you can protect your rights.

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