Mudslide Closes Glenwood Canyon
UPDATE: Glenwood Canyon reopened completely around 6:30 Monday night (6/28/21) after close to 24 hours of closure due to the second mudslide in 3 days. CDOT worked around the clock to open I70. Meanwhile, Cottonwood Pass and Independence Pass saw heavy traffic. Rain is in the forecast this week. CDOT urges travelers to have alternate plans in place in case of future I70 closures.
UPDATE: As of 6 PM Sunday, Glenwood Canyon is closed again in both directions from West Rifle to Dotsero due to another mudslide. CDOT will keep the closure in place overnight. Water restrictions in Glenwood Springs remain in place until Wednesday, June 30 at 8 AM.
UPDATE: As of 10:23 PM Saturday, all lanes of I70 through Glenwood Canyon are open. A mudslide near No Name closed the interstate around 3 PM Saturday. CDOT said the slide was a "soupy" mix of mud, loose dirt, and rocks about 70 feet long and up to 7 feet deep. No injuries or damaged vehicles were reported.
UPDATE: As of 8 PM Saturday, EB I70 is open but the WB deck remains closed. CDOT crews are in the process of clearing the WB deck of the "soupy" mess of mud, loose dirt, and rocks that closed the canyon around 3 PM. It is unknown when WB lanes will reopen. CDOT plans to work overnight if necessary.
Glenwood Canyon is closed due to a debris flow that occurred near No Name around 3 Saturday afternoon. According to CDOT, the slide is about 70 feet wide, 5 - 10 feet deep and is full of all kinds of rocks, branches, mud, trees and is "soupy" with water. Read more about detours...
Eastbound I70 is closed from W Rifle to Dotsero. Detours from W Rifle are Hwy 113 north from Rifle or Hwy 50 south from Grand Junction. Westbound I70 is closed at Dotsero. I70 is open at GWS for local traffic only. Cottonwood Pass is discouraged due to weather and conditions. Eagle and Garfield County officials are turning away all but local traffic at the Eagle/Garco line near Cottonwood Pass. This is an extended closure. CDOT crews are evaluating conditions now.