COVID-19 concerns initially delayed the opening.
Bad news, motorists: Mount Evans will be closed to cars all through 2020.
Today, the Colorado Department of Transportation, the U.S. Forest Service, and Denver Mountain Parks—the agencies that jointly manage Mount Evans—announced that they have made the decision to keep the popular attraction closed to car travel, citing an inability to provide safe services to visitors in light of COVID-19.
The park still remains open to non-motorized activities, such as hiking and biking, but there will be several restrictions in place, as well as limited facilities.
"While there will be no restrooms or services provided by USDA Forest Service and Denver Mountain Parks on Mount Evans this summer, there are no plans to prohibit the use of Mount Evans Highway for non-motorized activities such as hiking and biking. Recreationists should be aware of and plan for extremely limited parking," said a press release.
The one positive of restricting motorized vehicles is that it gives CDOT a chance to perform needed maintenance work. Crews will focus on filling potholes, fixing damaged edge lines on roads, and more.
"This work will help improve the condition and safety of the highway greatly as all involved agencies look ahead to the 2021 season," said the press release.
Mount Evans Highway is the highest paved road in North America, and more than 200,000 people visit the summit every year. In May, the managing agencies had delayed opening until at least July due to COVID-19 concerns, leaving some people with hope that it would eventually open up to vehicles this summer. Normally, the highway to Mount Evans is fully open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, depending on weather.
What do you think? Are you disappointed that you won't be able to drive to the summit this year? Will you hike in or bike it instead? Let us know in the comments!