Traffic By The Numbers On 11 of Colorado’s Most Iconic Roads

Heavy traffic during a night in Denver. Photo Credit: Rudy Balasko.

One major complaint from Coloradans old and new is the amount of traffic that clogs the roads to the mountains. There’s nothing worse than getting ready for a ski day only to be stuck in what essentially becomes a parking lot for hours on I-70. But is I-70 really the busiest road in the Centennial State? Here’s a look at a few of the most iconic roads in Colorado and how many cars travel them every day. These numbers come from the Colorado Department of Transportation, and represent an average of drivers per day based on totals for 365 days a year.

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11. Red Mountain Pass

Traffic By The Numbers On 11 of Colorado’s Most Iconic Roads

One of Colorado’s most dangerous paved roads. Photo Credit: Jerry McBride, Durango Herald.

— 1,800 Vehicles Per Day (Technically open year round, but it closes periodically due to snow, mudslides, and rockslides.)

— 10.3% Trucks

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10. Highway 24 at Wilkerson Pass

Traffic By The Numbers On 11 of Colorado’s Most Iconic Roads

Mountains stretch for miles at the Wilkerson Pass Overlook. Photo Credit: SnoShuu.

— 2,200 Vehicles per day

— 9.5% Trucks

9. Monarch Pass

Traffic By The Numbers On 11 of Colorado’s Most Iconic Roads

Views from a summit near Monarch Pass.

— 2,400 Vehicles per day

— 13.3% Trucks

8. Mount Evans Scenic Byway

Traffic By The Numbers On 11 of Colorado’s Most Iconic Roads

A cyclist makes the climb up Mount Evans Scenic Byway, the highest paved road in the country.

— 890 Vehicles per day (2,700 per day adjusted for open dates totaling roughly 4 months.)

— 1.2% Trucks

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7. Hoosier Pass

Traffic By The Numbers On 11 of Colorado’s Most Iconic Roads

Storm clouds gather above

Hoosier Pass

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— 3,800 Vehicles Per Day

— 6.3% Trucks

6. Highway 285 Between Denver and Fairplay

Traffic By The Numbers On 11 of Colorado’s Most Iconic Roads

Highway 285 from Denver eventually leads to Alma, Colorado. Photo Credit: Larry1732.

 

— 5,300 Vehicles per day

— 9.1% Trucks

5. Trail Ridge Road

Traffic By The Numbers On 11 of Colorado’s Most Iconic Roads

Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park’s heavily traveled highway to the sky.

— 4,300 Vehicles Per Day (10,500 per day adjusted for open dates totaling roughly 5 months.)

— 1.3% Trucks

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4. I-25 Between Colorado Springs and Pueblo

Traffic By The Numbers On 11 of Colorado’s Most Iconic Roads

Lots of drivers commute from Pueblo to the more populated Colorado Springs each day.

— 35,000 Vehicles per day

— 9.9% Trucks

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3. I-70 at Idaho Springs

Traffic By The Numbers On 11 of Colorado’s Most Iconic Roads

Traffic swells near Idaho Springs, Colorado.

— 44,000 Vehicles per day

— 7.6% Trucks

2. I-25 at Castle Rock

Traffic By The Numbers On 11 of Colorado’s Most Iconic Roads

Castle Rock is a common spot for traffic jams for commuters between Denver and Colorado Springs.

— 73,000 Vehicles per day

— 5.8% Trucks

1. U.S. 36 Between Denver and Boulder at Superior

Traffic By The Numbers On 11 of Colorado’s Most Iconic Roads

While Boulder is only 30 miles from Denver, heavy traffic can often stretch this quick drive to over an hour.

— 82,000 Vehicles per day

— 2.2% Trucks

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