Independence Pass is closed for the season

Independence Pass. (David Leo Veksler via Flickr)
Independence Pass. (David Leo Veksler via Flickr)
Independence Pass. (David Leo Veksler via Flickr)

ASPEN, Colo. — Independence Pass is closed for the season.

Colorado Department of Transportation crews shut the Aspen and Twin Lakes gates on Thursday as a winter storm brought an end to unseasonably warm weather that allowed the pass to remain open more than a week and a half longer than originally planned.

The scenic pass, which reaches an elevation of 12,095 feet, typically is closed Nov. 7. It usually reopens the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend.