Cochetopa Pass is a mountain pass in Colorado. It lies between the city of Gunnison and the town of Saguache. It lies on the Continental Divide, which separates the Gunnison and Rio Grande National Forests. It is named after the Cochetopa Hills that it lies within, Cochetopa being the Ute Indian word for "pass of the buffalo" The original pass is traversed by Saguache Count Road NN14, a maintained gravel road.
The new Cochetopa Pass is more often called "North Pass," and is located nearby on Colorado State Highway 114, which is paved, and at a slightly higher elevation. The area of the Cochetopa Hills was a hunting ground of the Ute Indians. The area of the pass would be explored by many men in search of a route over and through the Rocky Mountains. Many would end in disaster.
Elevation: 10,032 ft (3,058 m)