Winter Road Conditions as of 3pm 12/4/13
Rim Rock Drive is closed from DS Road to Independence Monument Overlook to all traffic, due to hazardous driving conditions from heavy snow and ice. The east and west hills are OPEN, expect slick conditions. Information Hotline: 970-858-3617, ext 402
Upper Section of Rim Rock Drive will be Temporarily Closed
Wednesday, December 21 at 3:00 p.m., Colorado National Monument will temporarily close the upper section of Rim Rock Drive from DS Road to Independence Monument Overlook to all traffic in anticipation of hazardous driving conditions.
Once the storm has subsided, upper Rim Rock Drive will be plowed, sanded, and cleared within 24 hours.
During plowing and sanding operations, upper Rim Rock drive will be closed with three traffic gates. The gates are located west of DS Road, at 16 1/2 Road and at Independence Monument Overlook.
Temporary closure of the upper section of Rim Rock Drive during active storms will make clearing routes safer and more efficient. Closures may be a few hours to a few days depending upon the duration of the storm.
During temporary storm closures, all Glade Park motorized traffic will need to use DS Road or Little Park Road because 16 1/2 Road at Rim Rock Drive will be temporarily closed. Glade Park commuters who normally access Rim Rock Drive are encouraged to use DS Road on east Rim Rock Drive during active storms.
Colorado National Monument will continue to maintain the east hill and west hill of Rim Rock Drive during the storm event.
Pedestrians and bicycles will not be permitted on the upper section of Rim Rock Drive during active storms and when gates are closed. Walking or riding around the gate barricades is a serious safety violation and may result in a citation. The gates will be reopened as soon as the upper section of Rim Rock Drive has been cleared.
Information on developing storms and temporary road closures can be found by calling Colorado National Monument's Winter Information Hotline at 970-858-3617, ext 402
Did You Know?
Independence Monument is all that remains of a continuous ridge that once formed a wall between Monument and Wedding Canyons. A cap of durable Kayenta rock has protected this picturesque 450 feet (137 meters) high monolith from the relentless erosion that carried away the surrounding rock.