Jones Pass Guides

About Us

5.0 (114 reviews)

Tucked in the heart of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, skirting the Continental Divide, our terrain is nestled in the Arapahoe National Forest designated as the Jones Pass Wilderness. Operating in our permitted area of 2,600 acres with elevations from 10,500’ to 12,800’ we have access to three unique bowls with both touring and snowcat access. Terrain ranges from the following:

  • High Alpine Bowls

  • Gladed Meadows

  • Rock Bands

  • Open Chutes

  • Gullies


The high altitude combined with good Northern exposure keeps our snow cold and light. We have the powder, vertical and adventure for an epic backcountry experience. ​

Jones Pass Guides operates seven days a week and is one of the closest snowcat and touring operations located 45 minutes from Denver. Not sure about your skis for the trip, no worries, we have a fleet of demo skies including DPS, RMU, Black Crows, and Liberty options. In additional to the skis, we provide safety equipment incorporating a backpack, beacon, probe, and shovel. Additionally, we have a photographer that will be out with us to capture the stoke with shots available for purchase at the end of the day. 

All trips will meet at our headquarters in Empire at 3 Park Ave. We ask our guests to arrive there at 8:00 to ensure a timely departure to our terrain. If other arrangements need to be made please reach out to coordinate.  Our operation is in the zone by 9:30 and we are out of the zone and back to the trailhead by 3:30. While up in Jones, we strive to be safe, efficient, and timely to get you the most out of the experience as possible by maximizing our terrain. We average 9-12 runs per day and get plenty of vertical. 

Lunches will be provided by Rudi’s Deli and water refill is available on the snowcat. A solid day out wouldn’t be complete without a end of the day après with refreshments at the end of the day, compliments of Steamworks Brewery. 

Est. 2019 Empire, Colorado

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The Guides


5.0 (114 reviews)

Trip: SxS Small Group | Private Reservation


So Epic!! Could not have asked for a better day. Mark and Nic were amazing and will definitely be back next year.

By Nikki D. on March 13, 2023

Trip: Snowcat Single Seat Reservation


The best ski experience you could get. Extremely friendly and professional staff. Everything was taken care of. I highly recommend and will definitely do this again!

By Robert C. on March 12, 2023

Trip: Colorado Backcountry Touring 101


It was a great introductory experience in backcountry touring… the scenery and terrain is incredible !

By Nicole M. on March 12, 2023

Trip: Snowcat Single Seat Reservation


Got really lucky with the incredible snow.

By Josh C. on March 11, 2023

Trip: Snowcat Private Group Reservation

Guide: Jeffrey S.

The trip was EPIC, the guides were incredible, terrain was outstanding and overall awesome experience, book your trip now!

By Cory R. on March 11, 2023

Trip: Snowcat Single Seat Reservation


Knowledgeable guides put safety first while leading through the experience of a lifetime!

By Chad L. on March 08, 2023

Trip: Snowcat Single Seat Reservation


Awesome time! I will Def be coming back next year

By Nathan M. on March 06, 2023

Trip: Colorado Backcountry Touring 201


great trips we had - 1 day backcountry 201 - wonderfull guide with Nick who told us everything and more about avalanche safety whilst we made a super tours, well recommended for any level: 1 day we went backcountry touring 201: well guided by Nick and got a lot of avalanche safety knowledge and made a great tour with some real first powder tracks : 1 day we went cat skiing, which was well organized, well guided( with guide and tailguide for the group) - and off course we had great first POW tracks at some places in Jones Pass. Special mention for Mojo who hosted us at the 'clubhouse' with pretzels, beer and great pizza!

By Vincent V. on March 06, 2023

Trip: SxS Small Group | Private Reservation


Our guides, Husky and Mark, were amazing. We had a great time, memories for life.

By Lindsay K. on March 05, 2023

Trip: SxS Small Group | Private Reservation


Great time skiing fresh lines all day with Huskey! The Maverick snow cat is a game changer. Thanks so much!

By Tyler M. on March 05, 2023