Mount Evans Highway (CO 5) Updates

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Re: Mount Evans Highway (CO 5) Updates

Post by ParkBull » Wed Oct 02, 2019 2:02 pm

October 2, 2019

Mount Evans Highway fully closes for the season next Monday, October 7

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY — The Colorado Department of Transportation will fully close Mount Evans Highway (Colorado Highway 5) for the season on Monday morning, Oct. 7.

CDOT closed the top five-mile segment from Summit Lake to the top of Mount Evans (14,264 feet) the day after Labor Day, per agreement with the U.S. Forest Service. The remaining 10 miles, from Echo Lake (Colorado Highway 103) to Summit Lake, will remain open until Monday, Oct. 7 unless adverse weather creates winter-like driving conditions.

Information regarding the opening and closing of seasonal roads can be found at all times at cotrip.org You can sign up for customized travel alerts via text and email on CDOT’s website. For more information about Mount Evans, visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/mountevans. You can also call the Clear Creek Ranger’s District at 303-567-4382 or stop by the Idaho Springs Visitor’s Center at 2060 Miner Street, east of downtown Idaho Springs.

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Re: Mount Evans Highway (CO 5) Updates

Post by ParkBull » Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:50 pm

Popular scenic Mount Evans Highway will stay closed to motorists for all of 2020
Health and safety risks prompt managing agencies to keep the highway off-limits above Echo Lake

https://theknow.denverpost.com/2020/06/ ... us/240145/

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Re: Mount Evans Highway (CO 5) Updates

Post by ParkBull » Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:42 am

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY — Mount Evans Highway (Colorado Highway 5) is open to the public for the season as of 8 a.m. Friday, June 4, 2021. CDOT crews worked throughout the month of May clearing snow along the 15-mile highway from the gates at Echo Lake Lodge to the summit of Mount Evans (14,264 feet), which is the highest paved road in North America.

Please note, the USDA Forest Service is requiring motorists to Mount Evans Recreation Area to make reservations through Recreation.gov this season. Reservations are not required for people who are biking or hiking up the roadway.

"The online reservation system will help alleviate significant wear and tear on the Mount Evans road and surrounding ecosystem. Please be ready for this necessary change from the USDA Forest Service,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew.

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