UPDATE (10:45 a.m.): 

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crew members are continuing to clear debris from I-70 in Glenwood Canyon this morning; CDOT anticipates reopening eastbound traffic later this morning. A final clean sweep of the road will be conducted before eastbound lanes reopen, as per CDOT.

CDOT also hopes to reopen westbound traffic today, depending on weather and clean-up conditions.

While road closures continue to be in place, CDOT asks that drivers continue to use the northern alternate route below:

WESTBOUND I-70: Motorists coming from the Denver metro area or Interstate 25 can travel westbound on I-70 to Silverthorne, then turn north onto CO 9. In Kremmling, travelers should turn onto westbound US Highway 40 towards Steamboat Springs. After reaching Craig, motorists can return south via CO 13 towards Rifle. Access to I-70 westbound is at Rifle.

EASTBOUND I-70: Motorists traveling eastbound from Utah or Grand Junction can reach the Denver Metro area by traveling the route above in reverse.

The alternate route will add about 2.5 hours to your travel time, according to CDOT.

Before detouring onto any alternate route, always check cotrip.org for the latest road conditions.


It was less than 48 hours ago that a portion of I-70 - which had been closed in both directions on Saturday, June 27 due to a massive mudslide between Glenwood Springs and Dotsero - had been reopened for travel.

However, the road reopening only lasted a few hours; by 5:53 p.m. on Sunday, another mudslide in the area prompted officials to close Interstate I-70 once again.

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At 10:43 p.m. Sunday night, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) shared via Twitter that 1-70 in Glenwood Canyon would be closed overnight from West Rifle to Dotsero.

As per the Sunday night update, CDOT crews worked to clear mudflow debris overnight and will be reassessing the debris & closure on Monday morning (June 28).

While the road remains closed, eastbound traffic is being detoured onto Exit 87 continuing north on to Colorado Highway 13, as per cotrip.org. Westbound traffic can exit at Silverthorne and travel north on Colorado 9 to U.S. 40, then west to Craig. From Craig, take Colorado 13 south to Rifle and back on I-70.

Colorado Department of Transportation
Colorado Department of Transportation

As of Monday morning, there was no estimated time of reopening.

Over the weekend, the same section of the interstate was shut down for several hours after a massive mudslide from the Grizzly Creek Fire burn scar buried the road near the No Name Exit. Both eastbound and westbound labs reopened around 10 p.m. Saturday night.

For the latest traffic and travel reports, visit cotrip.org. 

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