Road Conditions

Summer 2016 Driving to and from Breckenridge along I-70:

At 11,500 feet, the Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70 is the highest point on the Interstate system and the highest vehicular tunnel in the U.S. Here are some tips to make sure that you are ready for mountain driving this summer:

  • Plan your route- avoid peak travel times – Fridays westbound between 2-7 p.m. and Sundays eastbound between 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Visit for a weekly I-70 travel forecast, check or call 511 from anywhere in Colorado for road conditions throughout the state, and sign up for GovDelivery for text/email alerts.
  • Fluids – make sure you and your vehicle are hydrated. Have plenty of water in your car for yourself and extra radiator coolant to keep you engine running up steep mountain grades.
  • Easy on the brakes, use lower gears – don’t roast your brake pads by riding them down the mountain. Instead, use lower gears to slow you down. For manual transmission, downshift to appropriate lower gears, and for automatic use “L” or “2” on the shift panel.
  • Use the right lane – only use the left lane for passing other vehicles, otherwise stay in the right lane. Keep traffic fluid – don’t slow other vehicles down!

For the most up to date & comprehensive information on local road conditions,
including the I-70 corridor between Denver and Breckenridge, please reference the official CDOT road condition website.

For telephone recordings of conditions, including road closures, you can call them at 303.639.1111.

Winter Driving Conditions:

Winter driving conditions in the mountains can change very quickly. Although I-70 between Denver and the mountains is extremely well maintained and plowed, during and after recent snows, snow-packed roads and some icy spots are frequently encountered. Additionally, traffic on I-70 into and out of the mountains can be heavy over certain weekends. During these times, westbound traffic up from the Front Range into the mountains can be heavy on Friday evenings. And eastbound I-70 traffic down from the mountains towards Denver can back up on Saturday & Sunday afternoons. Check out the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) map of current speeds to see if traffic can be expected.

For more information on driving directions to Great Western Lodging, visit our directions to Breckenridge page.