Coal Bank Pass

CDOT warns about undetonated bombs from avalanche mitigation

If you come across what looks like an explosive device in the San Juan Mountains this summer, don’t touch it. The Colorado Department of Transportation is getting the word out that some explosives...

DATE: April 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Several mountain passes closed Friday morning in Southwest Colorado

Several mountain passes were closed Friday morning across Southwest Colorado for avalanche mitigation. Passes closed as of 5 a.m. Friday included: Coal Bank and Molas passes north of Durango on...

DATE: March 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mountain passes begin to reopen Wednesday in Southwest Colorado

Some mountain passes in the Southwest Colorado reopened Wednesday afternoon as the latest winter storm moves through the region. Lisa Schwantes, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of...

DATE: March 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

More snow expected Tuesday; Durango, Bayfield, Ignacio schools cancel classes

Blizzard-like conditions buried Southwest Colorado in another layer of fresh snow Monday, leading to chain laws on mountain passes, canceled flights at the Durango-La Plata County Airport and an...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two backcountry skiers rescued on Coal Bank Pass

Two backcountry skiers who spent the night outdoors after being caught in Thursday’s storm near Coal Bank Pass were rescued Friday and returned to safety. Ron Corkish with La Plata County Search...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mitigating avalanches no easy task on San Juan Skyway

On the morning of March 5, 1992, a massive avalanche tumbled down a slide path on Red Mountain Pass just south of Ouray, burying two Colorado Department of Transportation employees. The pair were...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Travel advisories take effect as storm enters Southwest Colorado

Travel advisories are in effect on Coal Bank, Molas and Red Mountain passes as a snowstorm entered the region Monday afternoon. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, chains or...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Alpine passage connects Molas to Coal Bank

The trail system from Molas Pass to Coal Bank Pass, closed during the 416 Fire, reopened with celebratory fanfare. Cross-state hikers on the Colorado Trail are now completing journeys from Denver...

DATE: July 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Silverton tow truck driver recounts plunge off mountain pass

It started out as a routine call for Donnie Curnow, owner of Animas Towing in Silverton. On Wednesday afternoon, May 2, a fierce spring storm hit the high San Juans and a motorist slid off U.S....

DATE: May 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rollover crash near base of Coal Bank Pass closes U.S. Highway 550 early Friday

A rollover crash near the base of Coal Bank Pass closed U.S. Highway 550 for a brief period Friday morning. The crash was reported at 11:25 p.m. Thursday near mile marker 51, which is near Cascade...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Weather advisory: Up to 14 inches of snow in the mountains

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Southwest Colorado from 9 p.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Five to 10 inches of snow, with up to 14 inches in isolated areas, is...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Travel conditions treacherous as heavy snow continues

Heavy snow in the region is expected to continue through Tuesday. Between 6 to 12 inches of snow is predicted in Durango and higher elevations could see up to 20 inches, said Andrew Lyons, a...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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