Independence Pass will remain closed until at least June 1 due to concerns and restrictions because of the pandemic.
Typically, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) clears the span of Colo. 82 that connects Lake County and Pitkin County by Memorial Day weekend, but several organizations asked CDOT to delay the opening this year.
The decision was made at the request of Pitkin County, with the support of Lake County, the Independence Pass Foundation and the Forest Service. They cited the continued closure of facilities along the route and the risk of higher traffic being drawn to the area upon opening the pass.
“We will tentatively plan on opening Independence Pass, on Colo. 82, on June 1 but can adjust if these agency partners need us to,” CDOT said in a release issued regarding the closure.