Mountain Pass Travel Delays Set for Southwest Colorado Travelers can expect a lengthy delays Tuesday morning for Avalanche Control Work

January 7, 2019 - Southwestern Colorado

SOUTHWEST COLORADO ― that they will encounter delays if traveling through the high country tomorrow, Tuesday, January 8. Partnering agencies, CDOT and the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, have determined avalanche control operations are required to keep mountain passes safe for the traveling public.


Travelers heading over US Highway (US) 160 Wolf Creek Pass can expect a lengthy delay Tuesday morning, while avalanche mitigation takes place on the west side of the pass summit beginning at 6:00 a.m. Motorists will experience a delay of 90 minutes to 2 hours. However, this delay may be longer should unusual circumstances arise. Eastbound traffic will be stopped at the Treasure Falls chain up station, mile point (MP) 157. Skiers traveling eastbound (from Pagosa Springs) to the Wolf Creek Ski area should reach the Treasure Falls closure point before 6:00 a.m. in order to reach the resort. Westbound traffic will be stopped near the pass summit, MP 166. Skiers traveling westbound (from South Fork) will be able to reach the ski area throughout the day, since the closure point is west of the resort.  


Motorists traveling on US 550 Red Mountain Pass can also expect a lengthy delay tomorrow morning. Avalanche mitigation will take place on the south side of Red Mountain Pass beginning at 8:00 a.m. and will continue for much of the morning. Motorists may experience up to a 4 hour delay. Northbound traffic will be stopped just outside of Silverton at, mile point (MP) 71. Southbound traffic will be stopped near the Red Mountain Pass summit, MP 80.