When heading out in search of fall color there’s no such thing as a bad drive into the mountains.
Kiel Reijnen of Boulder survived the tough climb up Independence Pass, then a harrowing descent into Aspen to win the third stage of the USA Pro Challenge on Wednesday.
Brent Bookwalter took the yellow leader’s jersey from BMC Racing teammate Taylor Phinney by winning the second stage of the USA Pro Challenge at the Arapahoe Basin ski resort area.
Trail Ridge Road is open for the season but the scenic road through Rocky Mountain National Park will be shut down after dark for now.
An avalanche closed the highway over Independence Pass for about 90 minutes on Thursday afternoon.
Despite the trend that many people hit the road for Memorial Day weekend, the Colorado Department of Transportation said historically there aren’t any major spikes in traffic volume across Colorado.
Even though it still feels like winter in parts of Colorado’s mountains, Independence Pass is back open.
Crews are working to try to get Independence Pass open by Memorial Day. On Thursday they dropped bombs on unstable slabs of snow for avalanche mitigation.
Authorities were trying to determine why a 51-year-old cyclist collapsed and died on Highway 82 a short distance from the summit of Independence Pass.
Highway 82 over Independence Pass opens for the season at noon on Thursday.