SALIDA, COLORADO – As the severe winter storm continues to batter Colorado, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has announced the temporary closure of Monarch Pass. The closure, prompted by safety concerns amidst the ongoing storm, affects the stretch between County Road 888 and County Road 228 (Garfield), from Mile Point 190 to Mile Point 205.
Monarch Pass is located in the southern Sawatch Range, between Salida and Gunnison, Colorado. This closure is part of a series of emergency responses to the powerful winter storm that has been impacting the state since January 12, 2024. The storm has brought heavy snowfall, intense winds, and significant disruptions across Colorado, particularly affecting the mountainous regions.
In response to the closure of Monarch Pass, Monarch Mountain, a popular ski area located just below the pass, announced that it would close on Saturday, January 13, 2024. This decision aligns with the efforts to ensure the safety of skiers and staff during the hazardous weather conditions.
As of now, there is no confirmed date or time for the reopening of Monarch Pass or Monarch Mountain. Travelers and ski enthusiasts are advised to stay updated on the situation by visiting the CDOT website, which will provide the latest information on the closure and potential reopening schedule.
Crews work to clear snow on Monarch Pass, Photos Courtesy of CDOT.