Full closure on US 285 over South Fork of South Platte bridge replacement to begin soon!
If you are traveling from the front range to Orient Land Trust, please note that there will be a full road closure of US 285 just south of Fairplay. The detour will take you on CO 9 to Hartsel where you will turn right onto HWY 24 which takes you back to 285. Estimated time increase of 30 to 60 minutes depending on traffic. Please plan accordingly. It was scheduled to begin August 2 but has been delayed due to the mudslides on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. The work is planned to extend through November. Please click here for more information from CDOT: https://www.codot.gov/news/2021/july-2021/us285-south-platte-bridge-work-begins
There are other routes if the delay on 285 seems excessive. From Denver go south on I-25 to Colorado Springs. From the Springs you can cross the mountains:
1) Hwy 24 to Woodland Park, Wilkerson Pass, Hartsel to 285.
2) Hwy 115 to Penrose, to Hwy 50, Canyon City to Salida to Poncha Springs to 285.
From Denver, go west on Interstate 70 to Copper Mountain and Hwy 91 (Fremont Pass) to Hwy 24 near Leadville and then south to 285 at Johnson's Village near Buena Vista
If you want to check road conditions anywhere in the state of Colorado we recommend: www.cotrip.org