Colorado Exploration: Sawatch Mountain Range - Mt. Antero

With an elevation of 14,276 feet, Mount Antero is the eleventh highest peak in Colorado. The road that snakes up Antero is among the highest dirt roads in North America—and easily one of the most exhilarating. The road is characterized by long stretches of narrow shelf road with multiple switchbacks that zigzag up the steep mountainside. Drivers are cautioned to look far ahead for vehicles traveling in the opposite direction—passing is not an option in many places. As the last quarter mile to the top is especially loose and dangerous, many choose to park and hike the final quarter-mile stretch to the top.