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Pikes Peak Highway opens Monday while several other scenic highways remain closed

Posted: 10:29 AM, Jun 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-03 14:21:55-04
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

The road up to the top of Pikes Peak outside of Colorado Springs has opened for the season.

Visitors can now drive up the scenic Pikes Peak Highway, which opened Monday morning, according to officials. The road takes visitors up to the 14,115-foot summit and is currently open from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The Colorado Springs Visitors Center said drivers will likely need to park at Devil's Playground — located at mile 16 of the 19-mile highway — because of limited parking at the top, due to ongoing construction. A shuttle can take them the rest of the way up.

If you’re new to exploring Colorado at elevation, bring extra layers. At 10 a.m. on Monday, the temperature at the top was barely above freezing.

For details, click here or call 719-385-7325.

Wondering what other scenic roadways are open or closed? Here’s a list:

Mount Evans Highway
Status: Closed
Details: The highway typically opens in late May, but will remain closed due to weather conditions and snow removal. Officials have not named an estimated opening date. For the latest information, click here.

Independence Pass
Status: Open
Details: After a delay, the pass opened on May 31 to visitors. The scenic byway usually opens around Memorial Day.

Cottonwood Pass Road
Status: Closed
Details: The pass will stay closed until June 21. Once it opens, visitors should still expect up to a 30-minute delay due to construction. The work is expected to be completed by late summer. For the most recent updates on when this road will open, click here.

Trail Ridge Road
Status: Closed to vehicles
Details: You’ll still have to wait to enjoy the 48 miles of this road as it winds through Rocky Mountain National Park. Pedestrians and bicyclist are welcome to travel on the road, but may be limited if park plow operators are working. For road condition information, call 970-586-1222.

Maroon Creek Road to Maroon Bells
Status: Open
Details: After expecting a June 15 opening date, crews were able to make substantial progress and opened the road to the popular destination on May 24. Vehicle restrictions are in place from June through October, so visitors may want to either bike in on Maroon Creek Road or use the shuttle service, which operates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.