More Boulders Fall, I-70 Closed In Colorado

Interstate 70 in Colorado has been closed in the Glenwood Canyon due to huge boulders falling from the canyon walls for the second straight day.

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The smart-car sized boulders slammed into two semi-trucks that were traveling on the highway at the time. Neither of the drivers of the semis was injured. A passenger car was also hit by rockfall, with no injuries reported.

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According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, the main artery through the Colorado Rocky Mountains will be closed at least through the end of the day today.

The highway was also closed for several hours on Monday due to rockfall.

The CDOT posted these spooky photos on its Facebook page earlier today, and other motorists have commented about the fears they face driving through the high-walled canyon.

“The alternate route for westbound motorists is north on CO 131 at Wolcott to Steamboat Springs, west on US 40 to Craig, then south on CO 13 to Rifle, and back to I-70,” the CDOT posted on Facebook.

This is a 203-mile alternate route that will take about 3 hours and 50 minutes to travel. Eastbound traffic is also urged to take the same route, beginning at Rifle.

Rockfall causes problems on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon each spring as warming conditions release rocks that have been loosened by winter freezing.

For those traveling in the area, frequent travel updates can be found at COTrip.org.

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Editor-in-Chief Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.
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