Colorado State Highway 9

State Highway 9 (SH 9) in the U.S. state of Colorado is a 138-mile-long (222 km) state highway through central Colorado. SH 9's southern terminus is at U.S. Route 50 (US 50) near Cañon City, and the northern terminus is at US 40 in Kremmling. SH 9 is part of the Gold Belt Byway from US 50 to High Park Road and Colorado River Headwaters Byway from US 40 to Trough Rd.

State Highway 9 marker

State Highway 9
Map of central Colorado with SH 9 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length138.92 mi[1] (223.57 km)
Gold Belt Byway, Colorado River Headwaters Byway
Major junctions
South end US 50 near Cañon City
North end US 40 in Kremmling
CountiesFremont, Park, Summit, Grand
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
SH 8SH 10

Route descriptionEdit

SH 9 near Hoosier Pass
SH 9 as it enters the South Park National Heritage Area

State Highway 9 starts at a junction with US 50 west of Cañon City. It heads northwest, following Currant Creek most of the way to Currant Creek Pass where it enters an open area known as South Park. The south fork of the South Platte is crossed as the highway enters Hartsel and a junction with US 24. SH 9 follows US 24 west for 0.5 mi (0.80 km), then splits off to head northwest again. Just south of Fairplay, it joins northbound US 285. At Fairplay SH 9 leaves US 285 to head northwest, following the middle fork of the South Platte most of the way to Hoosier Pass where it crosses the Continental Divide 11,532 ft (3,515 m) above sea level. Switchbacks drop the highway to the Blue River which it follows north through Breckenridge to Dillon Reservoir. The highway goes around the west side of the reservoir, through Frisco and joins I 70 as it heads northeast. At Silverthorne, SH 9 leaves I 70 to continue northwest alongside the Blue River. SH 9 crosses the Colorado River just before its termination at a junction with US 40 in Kremmling.[2]

Major intersectionsEdit

Fremont0.0000.000  US 50Southern terminus
ParkHartsel46.98075.607  US 24 eastSouth end of US 24 overlap
47.58276.576  US 24 westNorth end of US 24 overlap
63.732102.567  US 285 southSouth end of US 285 overlap
Fairplay64.673104.081  US 285 northNorth end of US 285 overlap
SummitFrisco96.998156.103  I-70 westSouth end of I-70 overlap; I-70 exit 203
Silverthorne101.562163.448  I-70 eastNorth end of I-70 overlap; I-70 exit 205
GrandKremmling138.920223.570  US 40Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "Segment list for SH 9". Retrieved 2007-05-12.
  2. ^ Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer (3rd ed.). Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. 1997. pp. 27, 37, 38, 61. ISBN 0-89933-206-4.

External linksEdit

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