TRAVEL ADVISORY: Snow Operations Set For Two SW Colorado Passes

February 15, 2018 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - Motorists can expect delays on Wolf Creek and Red Mountain

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The West Riverside snow slide hits the US 550 highway yesterday, Feb. 14 during avalanche control operations. The Riverside snow shed is seen at the far right in the photo. The slide was triggered by dropping case charges from a helicopter on the known avalanche path. Av mitigation operations will take place again on Friday, Feb. 16 on US 550 Red Mountain Pass, as well as on US 160 Wolf Creek Pass.

SOUTHWEST & S-CENTRAL COLORADO – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) advises motorists that maintenance crews will be performing snow operations on two high mountain passes, US Highway (US) 160 Wolf Creek Pass and US 550 Red Mountain Pass tomorrow, Friday, February 16.


US 160 Wolf Creek Pass — Motorists will experience intermittent delays starting at 6:00 a.m. The operations may last for much of the day, but crews anticipate the closures to be of short time frames.

US 550 Red Mountain Pass — Motorists will encounter a complete two-hour closure of the south side of the pass from 6:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. Closure points will be located at 4 miles north of Silverton (MP 75) and at the pass summit near Ophir Pass (MP 79).

CDOT suggests motorist plan their travel for these scheduled stops. Travelers are also urged to watch for snow equipment, maintenance crews and avalanche control crews working on the mountain pass.

STAY INFORMED: Road and weather conditions are available by dialing 511, 303-639-1111, or visiting Also available on the COtrip site are:

For other resources, the public can also access online:

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