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Road to summit of Mount Evans opens Wednesday

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Alpine Lake near Mount Evans

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. -– After more than a month of snow removal, the Colorado Department of Transportation will open Mount Evans Highway to the summit on Wednesday.

The road has been closed since early October, which was late in the season for the entire road to be open.

The Mount Evans Recreation Area sees more than 150,000 people visit each summer. Visitors who want to stop at three developed sites along the corridor — Mount Goliath Natural Area and Nature Center, the Summit of Mount Evans Interpretive Site and Summit Lake Park — can purchase the $10 Forest Service pass and the $5 City of Denver pass at the Mount Evans entrance.

There is no fee to drive the road unless visitors plan to stop at one of the three developed sites. Bicyclists can ride for free.

Unless weather causes an issue, the only scheduled closing of the road will be the Bob Cook Memorial Hill Climb bicycle race on July 23.

The road is scheduled to be closed for the winter season starting Sept. 6 from Summit Lake to the summit. The rest of the highway will close Oct. 3, weather depending.

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