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Boreas Pass Road is a nearly 20-mile stretch that traces the path of the Pacific Railroad and rises to a summit at the Continental Divide. Along the way, Boreas Pass offers unbeatable views of the Blue River Valley and Tenmile Range. In the fall, visitors will also enjoy seeing golden yellow aspens light their way. Boreas Pass also gets high marks for the number of ways that visitors can experience it: Travelers can hike, bike or drive it.

Starting your self-guided tour of Boreas Pass Road at Breckenridge's High Line Railroad Park will give you the opportunity to see some of the locomotives and train cars that traveled this pass, according to recent travelers. Others recommend parking at the Bakers Tank trailhead and hiking up, reminding visitors that they'll likely need snowshoes for touring Boreas Pass Road in the winter. 

The best time to hike or drive Boreas Pass Road is between May and October. In winter, the roads can be icy and slick. You'll find it located on the southern edge of Breckenridge's town limits, off County Road 10 (also known as Boreas Pass Road). You can park your car at the Bakers Tank trailhead. The road is free to access year-round. For more information, check out the U.S. Forest Service site

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