Colorado State Highway 91

State Highway 91 (SH 91) is a 22.58-mile-long (36.34 km) stretch of state highway in the U.S. state of Colorado. SH 91's southern terminus is at U.S. Route 24 (US 24) in Leadville, and the northern terminus is at Interstate 70 (I-70) at Copper Mountain.

State Highway 91 marker

State Highway 91
Map of central Colorado with SH 91 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length22.58 mi[1] (36.34 km)
Major junctions
South end US 24 at Leadville
North end I-70 at Copper Mountain
CountiesLake, Summit
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
SH 90SH 92
View of the Climax mine in the Tenmile Range off of SH 91 north of Leadville.

Route descriptionEdit

SH 91 begins at an intersection with US 24 in Leadville. It travels to the northeast over Fremont Pass, passing the ghost town of Climax, home of the recently reopened Climax mine.

SH 91 ends at an interchange with I-70 at Wheeler Junction. Since the development of the Copper Mountain Ski Resort area, Wheeler Junction is more commonly referred to as Copper Mountain.


As constructed in the 1920s, State Highway 91 went from Leadville, via Climax, Fremont Pass, Frisco, and Loveland Pass, to Empire, where it joined US 40. The segment from Leadville to Climax was paved by 1936, and the entire route was paved by 1954. In 1938, route 91 became US 6, until US 6 was rerouted over Vail Pass in 1941, leaving the portion of route 91 from Copper Mountain (formerly Wheeler Junction) to Leadville as the surviving part of this historic highway.[2]

Major intersectionsEdit

Lake0.0000.000  US 24Southern terminus
Summit22.60536.379  I-70Northern terminus; I-70 exit 195; interchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Segment list for SH 91". Retrieved 2007-05-12.
  2. ^ Matthew E. Salek, Colorado Highways, Routes 80 to 99, retrieved Aug. 4, 2015.

External linksEdit

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