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The pass is significantly steep on either side 6. There are two runaway truck ramps on the westbound side for truckers that lose control of their brakes. Wolf Creek Pass, once a two-lane road winding through the San Juan Mountains between South Fork, Coloradoand Pagosa Springshas been expanded into a multi-lane highway, greatly increasing the traffic capacity of the pass and making it more navigable in bad weather.
It is the easiest access to southwest Colorado from the rest of the state, as all remaining overland routes require lengthy detours through New Mexico or over Lizard Head Passnear Tellurideor the intimidating Red Mountain Passa two-lane road winding along sheer cliffs from Ouray to Silverton.
Construction was completed in the Summer ofwith the highway fully widened and drainage projects along the route completed. The Lobo Overlook, at 11, feet elevation on the north side of the pass, provides commanding views of the continental divide. The pass is also home to Wolf Creek ski area located on the eastern side of the Continental Divide on Highway Wolf Creek Pass is also an attraction for tourists, as it is known for the natural beauty of the wilderness the highway passes through.
Just west of the pass, Treasure Falls offers passersby a view of a mountain waterfall. The pass was named for Wolf Creek which starts near the top of the pass and flows down its western side to a confluence with the West Fork San Juan River in Mineral County. For decades, a major resort project proposed by Texas billionaire Red McCombs has been causing controversy in the area.
The proposed resort would be situated near the summit of the pass and support over 8, people. Over several decades the Forest Service has been the target of multiple lawsuits from community groups for incompletely assessing the environmental impacts of approving a highway access point to the property   and withholding information requested through the Freedom of Information Act.
Opponents of the "Village" state that the development would likely harm a vital wildlife corridor between the Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness areas, alter backcountry experiences on Wolf Creek Pass, compete with local businesses in nearby Pagosa Springs and South Forkadversely affect rare fen wetlands, and stress water supplies in the Rio Grande watershed.
Wolf Creek Pass was made famous in by country music artist C. McCall 's spoken word song of the same name, in which the pass is described as "37 miles o' hell — which is up on the Great Divide. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about a mountain pass in Colorado. For the C. For the pass in Utah with the same name, see Utah State Route Wolf Creek Pass. This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources.
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Retrieved 26 September The Colorado Magazine.It's anyone's guess why truck drivers and the citizens' band radios they used to communicate with one another suddenly became a major part of America's cultural Zeitgeist in the mid-'70s, but William Fries and Chip Davis managed to help create this phenomenon and cash in on it at the same time.
Fries and Davis were working for an advertising agency in Omaha, Nebraska when they came up with a series of commercial jingles for a bakery chain that featured a laconic but fast-talking truck driver as their narrator. The commercials were successful enough that Fries and Davis cut a single in which they spun two musical shaggy-dog stories out of the eccentric trucker; they gave the character the name C.
McCall crossed over to the pop charts in a big way with the song "Convoy," and for a year or two Fries became a genuine star as McCall until the nation's obsessions turned elsewhere. Wolf Creek Pass is an expanded reissue of the first C. McCall album, with the first ten tracks taken from the Wolf Creek Pass album albeit in a different sequenceand the remaining 15 drawn from the three other C.
McCall albums that were cranked out in less than two years following. The selections from Wolf Creek Pass have best stood the test of time, with their oddball humor and winning sense of playfulness, while the character got more serious after "Convoy" became a hit, making the late-inning selections something of a chore.
But the expanded Wolf Creek Pass is probably as close to definitive as a C.
C. W. McCall's Greatest Hits
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Night Rider.Home News News Upcoming Events. Which is up on the Great Divide? We was settin' there suckin' toothpicks, drinkin' Nehis and onion soup mix, and I said, "Earl, let's mail a card to Mother then send them chickens on down the other side. Yeah, let's give 'em a ride.
We woke up the chickens. Well, we roared up offa that shoulder sprayin' pine cones, rocks, and boulders, and put four hundred head of them Rhode Island reds and a couple a' burnt-out roosters on the line.
Look out below; 'cause here we go! Well, we commenced to truckin' and them hens commenced to cluckin' and then Earl took out a match and scratched his pants and lit up the unused half of a dollar cigar and took a puff.
Says "My, ain't this purdy up here. You better slow down or you gonna kill us. You wanna hit second? I says, "You wanna screw that thing back on, Earl?
Yeah, sorta set him right on fire. I looked on outta the window and I started countin' phone poles, goin' by at the rate of four to the seventh power. Well I put two and two together, and added twelve and carried five; come up with twenty-two thousand telephone poles an hour.
I looked at Earl and his eyes was wide, his lip was curled, and his leg was fried. And his hand was froze to the wheel like a tongue to a sled in the middle of a blizzard.
I says, "Earl, I'm not the type to complain; but the time has come for me to explain that if you don't apply some brake real soon, they're gonna have to pick us up with a stick and a spoon. He said it was sorta like steppin' on a plum. Well, from there on down it just wasn't real purdy: it was hairpin county and switchback city.
One of 'em looked like a can full'a worms; another one looked like malaria germs. Right in the middle of the whole damn show was a real nice tunnel, now wouldn't you know? Sign says clearance to the twelve-foot line, but the chickens was stacked to thirteen-nine. Well we shot that tunnel at a hundred-and-ten, like gas through a funnel and eggs through a hen. We took that top row of chickens off slicker than scum off a Lousiana swamp.
Went down and around and around and down 'til we run outta ground at the edge of town. Bashed into the side of the feed store Current Rating 9. Available on the following albums: Best of C. McCall C.Chock full of trucker lingo, his songs bordered on the novelty type and would have been classified as just that if it wasn't for the popularity it gained from radio play.
While much of McCall 's material is either out of print or extremely hard to find, his Greatest Hits more than suffices. Although outdated, there is still some humor left to be found in some of his campy tunes. His hillbilly drawl is front and center on "Wolf Creek Pass," while terms like "smoky" and "" are hilariously rekindled on "'Round the World With Rubber Duck.
McCall rarely sang, as his long-tongued songs usually involved him spinning the yarn while a chorus of females with high-pitched voices sang the middle.
Blues Classical Country. Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip.
Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Track Listing. The Silverton. Four Wheel Drive. Wolf Creek Pass. Crispy Critters. Black Bear Road. Roses for Mama. Aurora Borealis.
Chip Davis. Aurora Borealis Chip Davis.What We Got Here. The Legend. The Legend-News. Crispy Critters. Drive-In Theater. About This Site. The only known publication of sheet music for C. McCall songs is C. The front of the book has the Cinnamon Pass photograph from the cover of Black Bear Road, while the back of the book is the cover from Wolf Creek Pass. The missing song?
Bill Fries, the real C. McCall, told us that the song was not included due to its length. McCall, known to his family and friends as Bill Fries, was born in the small southwest Iowa town of Audubon. A child of the great depression, his mother and father were musicians…piano and fiddler players who once provided music for silent movies and local country dances.
All through grade school, young Bill sang and played his clarinet for audiences in the area. A talented young artist as well, he amazed his teachers and schoolmates with his ability to draw.
He even helped pay his way through school by painting signs on trucks and store fronts in Audubon and the other little towns in the vicinity. Having been the drum major of his high school marching band, he wanted to continue his musical education in college. But his love of drawing slowly pointed him in another direction and one day he decided to give up music in favor of a career in commercial art.
When television appeared in the midwest, Bill walked into an Omaha station and announced that he was available to design sets and do any other kind of artwork they needed — free, if necessary. Five years later he had his own TV show doing caricatures of famous people. In a short time, another of his talents emerged: song writing. Putting music, writing and art together, he won several major awards for innovative campaigns and in became creative director for the agency. McCall, alias Bill Fries, to a recording contract.
It became the title tune of C. In mid C. His prize possession, a jeep, takes him when he has the time to the San Juan Mountains of Southern Colorado, his favorite hide-out. Free time is scarce for C. Right Channel Radios. Cobra CB Radios.Adding high speeds to this miscalculation creates dangerous conditions—particularly for commercial vehicle drivers.
Did you know? In that time frame, two truck drivers have been killed in crashes on the Pass. Most crashes on the Pass occur at the switchback curve near the Wolf Creek scenic outlook area. View the Wolf Creek Pass Map. Prepare for the trip Check brakes before descending the Pass. Maintain a low speed in low gear, and use flashers to warn other vehicles of your speed.
Do not "ride" the truck's brakes ; this will cause overheating and possible loss of the brake system. You might consider Jake Brakes or compression brakes a useful braking mechanism to help control the speed of a heavy truck. However, the best practice is to remain in low gears to avoid overheating.
Keep brakes cool by pulling into brake stations, or onto the shoulder of the road, if you can locate a safe spot. Maneuver the trucks into the far right lane before approaching upgrade ramps.
As the truck approaches the runaway ramp, steer straight and try to keep the wheels aligned.
Ramps are narrow; attempt to stay in the center of the ramp to avoid any risk of rolling over. Once the truck is stopped, call to report the incident, even if there are not injures.
There is NO fee, penalty, or fine for using runaway truck ramps. The only costs associated would be any law enforcement fines associated with a possible citation for faulty equipment or driving negligenceas well as any billing from the towing company for their services of recovering the vehicle.
Arm Yourself With Knowledge Know the road. Take the time to familiarize yourself with this mountain pass. Obey the speed limit. Westbound commercial vehicle drivers must maintain a speed of no faster than 25 mph downhill from the summit.
Understand the steepness of the Pass.