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Seasonal Closures

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Due to harsh winter conditions often experienced in areas throughout Colorado, a few mountain passes and rest areas are closed throughout the winter. All closing and opening dates are subject to change depending on weather conditions.

  • Mount Evans on CO 5
    • Closes the day after Labor Day from Summit Lake to the summit. The lower half of the pass from Echo Lake to Summit Lake closes around Sept. 30.
    • Scheduled to open each year on the Friday before Memorial Day.
  • Independence Pass on CO 82
    • Closes around Nov. 7.
    • Typically opens the Thursday before Memorial Day.
  • Kebler Pass(maintained by Gunnison County Public Works)
    • The pass is typically closed from November to May. For more information, call 970-641-0044.
  • Cottonwood Pass in Chaffee/Gunnison Counties in Southwestern Colorado (maintained by Gunnison County Public Works)
    • The pass is typically closed from November to May. For more information, call 970-641-0044.
  • Virginia Dale Rest Area on US 287
    • Closes in September and reopens in May before Memorial Day
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