Latest News – May 22

CDOT Announces When Indy Pass Open 

While the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews have been working daylight to dusk managing a series of spring storms that brought sizeable snow totals across the state last week, officials were able to confirm this morning to Leadville Today that Independence Pass will open this Thursday, May 25. The only difference is that the gates will swing open one hour later than is tradition, officially opening for the summer season at 1 p.m. instead of high noon as is the old west tradition.


Colorado Department of Transportation plow crews are slowly breaking through to the 12,095 foot summit of Independence Pass. This Thursday, May 25 the mountain corridor will be open for the 2017 summer season at 1 p.m.. Photo: CDOT

As the highest paved pass in Colorado, Independence Pass summit sits at 12,095-feet so even while the snow has been plowed, there was still plenty of work to do, such as filling potholes, straightening signs and assessing and mitigating avalanche risks. CDOT crews work with Colorado Avalanche Information Center forecasters to clear up to one dozen slide paths that can impact SH 82. 

Independence Pass windy road

The long, and winding road – Independence Pass’ east side, headed into Twin Lakes!

This scenic mountain corridor serves tourists, facilitates recreation and provides community connections across our state’s divide. After the pass opens on Thursday, CDOT crews will continue the business of keeping this and other state highway mountain passes safe and in good condition for the busy summer season ahead.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For travel safety, motorists and cyclists are reminded to always check conditions prior to traveling mountain passes, as spring snowstorms could close them temporarily or slow traffic at times.

For roadway conditions, or information the public can log on to or call 511. Or, sign up to receive FREE road condition messages to e-mail or wireless devices by going to

Indy Pass Link

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