GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Colorado Department of Transportation has closed the gates on both the Twin Lakes and Aspen sides of Independence Pass.
The seasonal closure was put in place early Monday, Oct. 28 after maintenance crews determined that the closure was needed to keep both maintenance equipment operators and the traveling public safe.
Dates from the past eight years reveal that the gates have typically been locked in early to mid-November. From 2011-2018, the earliest closure was on November 2nd and the latest on November 17th.
The alternate route to Aspen during the months the pass is closed is I-70 to Glenwood Springs, and CO 82 into Aspen.
CDOT typically gets the pass open on the Thursday prior to the Memorial Day holiday weekend, weather permitting.