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Seasonal Closures

SH-82Due to harsh winter conditions often experienced in some 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 State Highway 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 September 30th.
    • Scheduled to open each year on the Friday before Memorial Day.

  • Independence Pass on SH 82
    • Closes around November 7th.
    • Typically opens the Thursday prior to Memorial Day.

  • Kebler Pass (maintained by Gunnison County Public Works)
    • The pass is typically closed from November to May. For more information contact, Debbie Ferchau at 970-641-0044.

  • Cottonwood Pass (maintained by Gunnison County Public Works)
    • The pass is typically closed from November to May. For more information contact, Debbie Ferchau at 970-641-0044.

  • Virginia Dale Rest Area on US 287
    • Closes in September and reopens in May prior to Memorial Day