Reservations required for Mount Evans, but system crashed | The Know

The Mount Evans Road from Echo Lake to the summit of the prominent Front Range fourteener is scheduled to open for the summer on Friday, but there is a glitch: The website that was supposed to begin taking reservations today isn’t cooperating.

“The reservation system failed to launch this morning,” said Reid Armstrong, public affairs specialist for the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. “A new launch time will be announced this afternoon in advance of the actual relaunch.”

Reservations are being required this year at Mount Evans for the first time as a strategy to manage traffic load on the 14-mile road, which climbs more than 3,600 feet in elevation. is the site where visitors make reservations for Mount Evans, Brainard Lake and Rocky Mountain National Park. Brainard Lake is scheduled to open June 11, weather permitting.

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“Due to technical difficulties, advanced reservations for Mount Evans are delayed,” according to a notice posted on the website. “We are working diligently to correct the problem. Please check back for status updates. We will give advanced notice this afternoon to announce when these tickets will go on sale.”

Mount Evans, the highest paved road in North America, is a popular summer tourist destination. CDOT crews began clearing snow May 17, and they had to re-plow this week because the mountain received significant snow over the weekend, but CDOT says the road will open on Friday unless it receives more snow.

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