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.
Clearing Independence Pass of avalanche danger takes planning, a helicopter and 30-pound bombs.
If all goes as planned and weather conditions stay calm, the Colorado Department of Transportation plans to open Independence Pass on schedule.
Two skiers killed in a large avalanche in Colorado were good friends from a small town in southern Wisconsin, relatives and colleagues said Monday.