Snowy conditions observed in 2017 over Monarch Pass. Photo courtesy of CSP_Florence.

US Highway 50 over Monarch Pass closed on Tuesday due to adverse weather conditions. 

As snow continues to fall, there is no estimated time for reopening the mountain pass between mile markers 190 and 210. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the safety closure went into effect at about 3:00 p.m.

The detour for this route along Highway 114 nearly doubles the distance between Salida and Gunnison, which is a 65-mile drive over the pass or a 115-mile drive on HW 114.

Monarch Pass is a high mountain pass that rises to an elevation of 11,312 feet along the Continental Divide. It is located about 30 minutes outside of the mountain town of Salida.

Several other mountain passes have since reopened Tuesday following snowy interruptions including Berthoud Pass between Empire and Winter Park and US 40 north of Kremmling.

CDOT is continuing to warn motorists to "be prepared and travel with extra water and food an emergency road kit with blanket and flashlight" as snow is expected to bring hazardous driving conditions to parts of the state on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.


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C. Crystalline

All you writers please stop with the teaser headlines. Put the location or subject in the headline!! Geezz.....go back to journalism school

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