US 550 Red Mtn. Pass FULLY CLOSED Today Between Silverton and Ouray for Vehicle Extraction

February 19, 2015 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - Closure to begin at 9 a.m., motorists need to travel early or take alternate route.

OURAY COUNTY – Today, the Ouray County Sheriff’s Office will be extracting a vehicle from the canyon floor more than 400 below US 550 on Red Mountain Pass, requiring a full closure of the pass. The closure will begin at 9 a.m.

The vehicle is near mile marker 89, about two miles south of Ouray. The Sheriff’s Office attempted to extract the vehicle using a crane yesterday, which proved unsuccessful. The pass was closed yesterday between 10:30 and 4 p.m. during the work. A large wrecker with cables will be brought in to complete the job. The work is likely to involve repositioning of the wrecker, therefore a lengthy closure is anticipated. When a reopen time is announced by Ouray County Sheriff, CDOT will post this to its traveler information site at

IMPORTANT TRAVEL PLANNING NOTICE:  The pass closure gates are located just north of Silverton and just south of Ouray. If travelers are unable to reach either gate prior to 9 a.m., they will need to take an alternate route (using SH 62, SH 145 and US 160).

PROJECT INFORMATION: Real-time information related to highway impacts is available by signing up for CDOT’s email and text alerts. Access this system by going to and then clicking on the envelope at the bottom right of the front page, labeled as Email List Signup. Road information will be updated on or by calling 511.