June 8, 2017

Mount Evans Road Open for Season!

The Mount Evans Highway (CO 5) is officially open up to the summit of Mount Evans (14,264 feet). The United States Forest Service oversees the Mount Evans Recreation Area, which more than 150,000 people visit each summer. Three developed sites are located along the corridor. Two are in the National Forest: Mount Goliath Natural Area and Nature Center and the Summit of Mount Evans Interpretive Site; while Summit Lake Park is owned by the City and County of Denver.  Visitors wishing to stop at all three sites may purchase both the $10 Forest Service pass and the $5 City of Denver pass at the Mount Evans Welcome Station, or they may choose to purchase just one or the other, depending on the destination. Fees are per vehicle. There is no fee for driving through the area unless you plan to visit one of these sites. Bicyclists are exempt from the fee. For more information, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/mountevans; call the Clear Creek Ranger District's information line at 303-567-4382; or stop by the Idaho Springs Visitor's Center at 2060 Miner Street, east of Downtown Idaho Springs.

Weekend Travel Forecast:
The weather forecast is stellar - warm temperatures and 0% chance of precipitation Friday through Sunday!   If you plan around the times outlined below, you should have a delay-free trip to and from the mountains this weekend!

Friday WB – Light traffic is possible from Noon to 6:00 p.m. 

Saturday WB – Minor congestion is possible 9 a.m. to Noon.

Saturday EB – Traffic volume should not cause any delays.

Sunday EB – Expect congestion to begin around 2:00 p.m. and end soon after 6:30 p.m.  Last year the delays peaked between 3:00-6:00 p.m. with 30 minutes extra travel time from Vail to Golden.  Instead of battling traffic, take advantage of a discounted activity, meal or hotel room with one of our GoI70 Peak Time Deals.   

*The GoI70.com Travel Forecast is based on historical data, along with an estimation of how weather, construction, public events and other factors might impact travel.