CO 151 remains closed south of Chimney Rock National Monument

Photo Credit: CDOT

CO Highway 151 remains closed south of the US Highway 160 junction, between Pagosa Springs and Arboles. Heavy spring run-off in Stollsteimer Creek, near Chimney Rock National Monument, has eroded the shoulder of the roadway causing a safety risk for drivers.   

Colorado Department of Transportation crews have been monitoring the site daily and working toward a temporary fix to get at least one lane open for alternating traffic. However, water levels must subside before any temporary or permanent repairs can be made.   

The closure was put into place last week, Tuesday, April 11, after CDOT was alerted of erosion issues on the highway caused by heavy spring run-off. Large volumes of water carrying natural debris washed away much of the creek channel and earth surrounding the metal culverts, causing a high potential for sinkholes to form underneath the road surface.  

Traffic Impacts   

CO 151 Traffic impacts will include:  

  • Motorists should expect a long-term closure to be in place on CO 151 until further notice.   
  • South closure point is located at MP 28.1, north of Old Gallegos Road.  
  • North closure point is located at MP  29, south of Cabazon Canyon Road.   
  • Do not attempt to bypass road barricades at the closure points.   
  • Travelers are encouraged to seek alternative routes and check for the most current road conditions. 


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