Independence Pass closed for the season |

Independence Pass closed for the season

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has closed Independence Pass for the season.

Typically, maintenance crews work to keep the pass open until Nov. 7 each year. The pass was closed on Friday, Oct. 20, with the plan to re-open; but due to the weekend’s snow and wind, whiteout conditions and high winds in the forecast, plows are unable to safely maintain the road for travel.

The pass closure includes the area from just east of Aspen to west of Twin Lakes, a distance of approximately 18 miles.

The 12,095-foot Independence Pass is closed each winter for the safety of the traveling public and CDOT maintenance crews. The alternate route to Aspen during the winter closure is I-70 to Glenwood Springs, and State Highway 82 east (or south) into Aspen.

Weather permitting, CDOT re-opens Independence Pass each May, just prior to the Memorial Day weekend.

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