Seasonal Closures

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.

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  • Virginia Dale Rest Area on US 287
    • Closes in September and reopens in May before Memorial Day
  • Mount Evans on CO 5
  • Independence Pass on CO 82
    • Closes around Nov. 7.
    • Typically opens the Thursday before Memorial Day. 4.
  • Cottonwood Pass in Chaffee/Gunnison Counties in Southwestern Colorado 
    (maintained by Gunnison County Public Works)
  • Kebler Pass
    (maintained by Gunnison County Public Works)
    • The pass is typically closed from November to May
    • For more information, call 970-641-0044
  • US 34/Trail Ridge Road
    (maintained by Rocky Mountain National Park Service)