Poncha Pass

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Poncha Pass

(pŏn`chə), 9,012 ft (2,747 m) high, central Colo., in the northern tip of the Sangre de Cristo Mts. One of the lowest mountain passes in Colorado, it was often used in the 19th cent. by Native Americans, overland immigrants, and mountain menmountain men,
fur trappers and traders in the Rocky Mts. during the 1820s and 30s. Their activities opened that region of the United States to general knowledge. Since the days of French domination there had been expeditions to the upper Missouri River, and in the early 19th
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. Poncha Pass is now crossed by a highway.