Living in Colorado is fantastic, however, driving in Colorado during the winter is sketchy at best.

The Worst Part About Living In Colorado

If there is one bad thing about living on the western slope it's the fact that you have to drive over the mountains during the winter to get to the front range - and that is oftentimes easier said than done.

Obviously, Interstate 70 can be questionable any time of the year you are traveling across Colorado. In the wintertime, you have to contend with snowstorms, icy and snow-packed roads, accidents, and avalanches. During the warmer months, there could be issues with things like mudslides, wildfires, accidents, and road construction.

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Colorado Travel Can Be Challenging

So while traveling across Colorado can be challenging year-round, without a doubt, the most difficult time is during the winter. Visibility can be reduced, slick and hazardous roads can be dangerous and slow down travel times, and accidents can shut down the highway for hours.

Safe Winter Travel In Colorado

Thankfully, there are some things you can do to increase your chances of successfully navigating Colorado's mountain roads when conditions are difficult.  It's important to be prepared in the physical sense with emergency necessities such as jumper cables, blankets, extra food and water, flashlights, an ice scraper, and a first aid kit. But it's also important to be prepared in another way.

7 Tips To Travel Safer In Colorado's Winter Season

Having accurate and up-to-date information is critical to your decision-making process when traveling across Colorado in the winter. The Colorado Department of Transportation has some great resources to keep you informed with the critical information you need to travel safely. Here are seven things you need to do before embarking on a journey across the state in the winter.

20 of the Coldest Winter Temperatures of All Time in Colorado

Colorado is no stranger to extreme winter temperatures. Here's a look back at 20 of the coldest temperatures ever recorded in the state.

Western Colorado Winters From Years Past - Bob Grant Photos

Here's a short gallery of Robert Grant photos showcasing Grand Junction and Western Colorado winters. They sure are fun. Then again, sometimes the snow and cold temperatures result in trouble.