TRAVEL INFORMATION


for Glenwood Caverns in Glenwood Springs Colorado

GLENWOOD CANYON ROCKSLIDE INFORMATION

A rockslide occurred on February 15 along I-70 in the Glenwood Canyon. We are grateful that the initial rock fall did not result in injuries. Although it is an inconvenience, the rock scaling and I-70 repairs are necessary for the long-term safety of the spectacular highway through Glenwood Canyon.

Wednesday, Mar 16 Update:

One lane in each direction is now open, which means no pace cars are needed and the drive is easier and faster.

Thursday, Mar 3 Update:

I-70 through Glenwood Canyon will be closed on Tuesday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather pending, while helicopters work to install rockfall netting.

Thursday, Feb 25 Update:

Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon will open to two-way traffic in a head-to-head configuration starting at 4 p.m. this afternoon. Although traffic will be allowed to move in both directions using the eastbound lanes through the six-mile rock fall zone at the same time, pace cars will still be used to control speeds and ensure safety in the head-to-head configuration. There may still be delays of up to one hour during peak times.

Link: http://www.postindependent.com/news/20821217-113/canyon-to-open-to-two-way-head-to-head-traffic-at

Monday, Feb 22 Update:

I-70 through Glenwood Canyon is open to traffic 4 p.m. to 9 a.m., with a 10 ft. width restriction, with a pilot car configuration leading alternating one-way traffic in each direction. Eastbound alternating traffic will occur at Exit 116 in Glenwood Springs and Westbound traffic at Exit 129 at Bair Ranch rest area. Pilot car operations will continue overnights until 9 a.m. when daily closures will begin 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice for additional rock fall mitigation efforts. Traffic delays up to one hour or more should be expected.

Alternate Route Information:

Front Range Motorists Heading Westbound: US 40 west (Steamboat Springs) west on US 40 (Craig) south to CO 13 (Rifle), then east on I70 to Glenwood Springs.

Summit County/Westbound Motorists: CO 9 (Silverthorne) to US 40 (Steamboat Springs) west on US 40 (Craig) south to CO 13 (Rifle), then east on I70 to Glenwood Springs.

Eagle County/Westbound Motorists: The north alternate route for westbound motorists is north on CO 131 at Wolcott to Steamboat Springs, west on US 40 to Craig, then south on CO 13 to Rifle and back to I-70.

The south alternate route uses US 50. Access to US 50 is available via Grand Junction for eastbound drivers and for westbound drivers by way of US 24/285 through the Salida area from the Front Range. Note: Cottonwood Pass and Independence Pass remain closed for the season.

Flights are available from Denver to Aspen or Grand Junction, and the Amtrak train is still operating through Glenwood Canyon.

Driving in the Mountains

Every state is challenged with addressing incidents of Mother Nature – some deal with tornadoes and hurricanes, some with flooding, some with earthquakes. In the beautiful Rocky Mountain region of Colorado, the incidents are avalanches and rock slides. The Colorado Department of Transportation has specialized teams and resources in place to deal with both.

Regarding the latter, CDOT’s Geohazards Program has methods to measure and manage the affects geological hazards have on canyon and mountain corridors. In addition to rock fall, geohazards that affect the highway are rockslides, debris flow, embankment distress, landslides and sinkholes. CDOT’s team consistently evaluates and addresses the affect all these hazards have on the highways.

The Program’s sole purpose is to reduce the risk geological hazards present to the transportation system, spending over $9 million on planned projects each year, and more to mitigate events as they occur. The safety of the traveling public is CDOT’s top priority; the agency does everything it can to reduce the risk of these naturally occurring events, including implementing road closures and traffic control when conditions or mitigation work warrant.

Please always check www.cotrip.org for road conditions information.



Geocode for GPS
Latitude: 39.55343
Longitude: -107.33237

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Located off of I-70 between Vail and Aspen

If you are flying:
Fly to Denver, Colorado or
Fly to Grand Junction, Colorado
Fly to Eagle, Colorado (winter season only)

If you fly to Denver, Colorado:
Drive I-70 West
Drive through the scenic Rocky Mountains
Arrive in Glenwood Springs about two and a half hours after you leave Denver
Take exit 116
Follow the map (below) to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

If you fly to Eagle, Colorado:
Drive I-70 West through Glenwood Canyon
Arrive in Glenwood Springs about 40 minutes after you leave Eagle
Take exit 116
Follow the map (below) to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

If you fly to Grand Junction, Colorado:
Drive I-70 East
Drive into the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains
Arrive in Glenwood Springs about one and a half hours after you leave Grand Junction
Take exit 116
Follow the map (below) to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

If you want a scenic, no-driving way to get here:
Take the Amtrak train from Denver
Ride in peace through the Rocky Mountains
Arrive in Glenwood Springs about six hours after you leave Denver
Follow the map (below) to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

map of Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Parking & Transportation
Parking is available at the Iron Mountain Tramway Station. To minimize parking congestion, we encourage guests to experience Glenwood Springs by walking, biking or taking the bus. Ride Glenwood: Taking the bus is a very inexpensive and convenient way to get to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park's tram base station located off Two Rivers Plaza Road. Ride Glenwood service runs between Wal-Mart and the Glenwood Mall with stops every 20 minutes.

Driving Directions
From Denver, Breckenridge, Vail and points East:
Take I-70 west to Glenwood Springs, exit #116. Proceed north to stoplight, 6th Street. Turn left (west) on 6th and drive for 1/3 mile to Devereux Road. Turn left (south) on Devereux and immediately turn right (west) onto Two Rivers Plaza Road.

From Aspen and points South:
Take Hwy 82 north to Glenwood Springs. Proceed through town and over the bridge that crosses I-70. At the light, make a left on 6th Street. Move to the right lane and drive for 1/3 mile to Devereux Road. Turn left (south) on Devereux and immediately turn right (west) onto Two Rivers Plaza Road.

From Grand Junction and points West:
Take I-70 east to Glenwood Springs exit #116. Proceed north (left) to stoplight, 6th Street. Turn left (west) on 6th and drive approximately 1/3 mile to Devereux Road. Turn left (south) on Devereux and immediately turn right (west) onto Two Rivers Plaza Road.

Time/Distance From Selected Cities :
(Approximate Drive Times & Distances)

Denver: 160 miles from Denver; approx. 3-hours
Aspen: 45 miles from Aspen; approx. 45-60 minutes
Breckenridge: 90 miles from Breckenridge; approx. 1.5-hours
Vail: 60 miles from Vail; approx. 1-hour
Grand Junction: 90 miles from Grand Junction; approx. 1.5-hours