DENVER (KDVR) — Interstate 70 was closed on Wednesday after a mudslide dumped onto the road.
I-70 was closed in both directions between Dotsero and West Glenwood, or mile point 116-131.
Garfield County’s 911 Center posted about the mudslide just before 6 p.m. Cameras from the Colorado Department of Transportation show mud covering the roadway at milepost 120.85, near the Grizzly Creek Rest Area.
CDOT said the mudslide was in the canyon between No Name (exit 119) and Grizzly Creek (exit 121). Crews were already mobilized when a flash flood watch was issued Wednesday afternoon, so pre-positioned equipment was ready to clear the mud.
Mudslides remain a risk along that stretch of I-70, where the Grizzly Creek burn scar remains. Unfortunately, a closure of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon may add hours to your journey. See how to detour here.
While mudslides closed the interstate for weeks in July 2021, there was “very little flooding” last summer, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Travel officials expect even fewer closures in the canyon this summer.
The interstate reopened just before 9 p.m. CDOT said the Glenwoon Canyon recreation path and rest areas will stay closed overnight. They’ll reopen Thursday morning, weather permitting.