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The continent’s highest paved road will close in 2025

Front Range, Colorado — If you go to the top of Mt. Blue Sky, formerly known as Mt. Evans, if you want to drive, you should probably do it quickly.

As of September, the Mount Blue Sky Scenic Byway will be closed. Road construction will begin in late July or early August of this year, with a partial lane closure around Summit Lake planned. The road will officially close to the public on September 3. The construction area will be from the start of Colorado Highway Five to above Summit Lake. The closure will continue throughout 2025. The expected reopening date is Memorial Day weekend 2026. Hikers will still be able to access Mt. Blue Sky, but only via the hiking trails.

The road will open on May 31 this year, conditions permitting. If you want to hit the road this year, you’ll need to make a reservation. To reserve a spot for your vehicle, you will also need to create an account on Recreation.gov. Reservations open tomorrow at 8am MST.

If you’re wondering why Mount Evans changed its name, the Arapaho and Cheyenne Tribes of Oklahoma and the Wilderness Society have petitioned the Board on Geographic Names to change the name due to John Evans’ legacy. Evans, Colorado’s second territorial governor, is remembered by Native Americans for approving what would become the Sand Creek Massacre. In September 2023, the mountain’s name was renamed Blue Sky, which has historical significance to the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes.

For more information about what to expect when you reach the summit of Mt. Blue Sky, below is a video describing the Colorado Parks and Wildlife experience.

Image/video credits: US Forest Service-Arapaho & Roosevelt Natl Forests Pawnee National Grassland, Emmanuel Appiah, Colorado Department of Transporation, Colorado Parks & Wildlife

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