What alternate routes are available to Breckenridge, CO when i70 west is closed? In this article, we will explore routes that we are familiar with.
The main route to Breckenridge is via the i70 west corridor. The route is 105 miles and usually takes about 2 hours to complete. The main obstacles on this route are the Eisenhower Tunnel and Floyd Hill. Traffic may be slow moving or at a complete standstill. Accidents and hazardous weather conditions can force CDOT to close highways for snow removal and safety concerns.
This route is useful when i70 is closed in the foothills or at Floyd Hill. When the i70 is closed at exit 260, travel anywhere in the mountains can be difficult. Luckily you will be able to take highway 285 to Highway 9 via Hoosier Pass to bypass these closures. Hoosier Pass summits at 11,539 ft above sea level and sits on the continental divide. This route has steep (up to 8%) grade and windy turns. Snow equipment (tires & 4-wheel drive) and winter driving experience is highly recommended. This route may be subject to avalanche danger, please visit Colorado Avalanche Information Center for the most up-to-date reports on snow conditions and advisories. The entire route is 132 miles and usually takes 2 hours and 40 minutes on a good day.