Mount Evans road closed for season
Aspen, CO Colorado
DENVER ” Even though there’s no snow falling yet, Colorado Highway 5 to the top of Mount Evans is closed for the season.
The state transportation department said Thursday that the U.S. Forest Service has requested that the upper portion of the road remain closed from after Labor Day until Memorial Day every year.
The road, billed as North America’s highest paved highway, crosses Forest Service land en route to the 14,264-foot summit.
The road is closed at Summit Lake, about 1,200 vertical feet below the summit.
Other high-country roads across Colorado remain open for now, including Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park; Highway 82 over Independence Pass, east of Aspen; and Cottonwood Pass.
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