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Full Closure of Hwy 34 Loveland to Estes Park begins Oct. 17

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Full Closure of Hwy 34 Loveland to Estes Park begins Oct. 17

This is a reminder that highway 34 through Big Thompson Canyon between west Loveland and Estes Park will be closed beginning at 8:30 am on October 17. This closure is scheduled to last until the start of Memorial Day weekend in 2017.

https:/…us-34-big-thompson-canyon-1

Alternate Routes

From Cheyenne - I-25 to highway 66 to Lyons and highway 36 to Estes Park

https://goo.gl/maps/nZWESrFmEfr

OR

I-25 to CO 402 to highway 287 to highway 66 to Lyons and highway 36 to Estes Park.

https://goo.gl/maps/45vm8oCQrew

From downtown Fort Collins - College Avenue/287 to highway 66 to Lyons and highway 36 to Estes Park

https://goo.gl/maps/iQDV93mqZM72

OR

Shields Street to highway 287 to highway 66 to Lyons and highway 36 to Estes Park

https://goo.gl/maps/PMejwoYTivj

For added scenery, instead of taking highway 36 from Lyons to Estes Park, you can take highway 7 through very colorful and pretty South St. Vrain Canyon to Estes Park. Highway 7 becomes part of the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway at the highway 72 intersection.

https://goo.gl/maps/3tdshU8Mk2s

Edited: 15 October 2016, 03:47
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1. Re: Full Closure of Hwy 34 Loveland to Estes Park begins Oct. 17

As noted in this article, the detour by way of highway 36 to Estes Park only adds about 15 minutes to the drive from Fort Collins or Loveland. I can personally attest to that as well.

thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/big-tho…

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2. Re: Full Closure of Hwy 34 Loveland to Estes Park begins Oct. 17

Thanks for the info!!

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3. Re: Full Closure of Hwy 34 Loveland to Estes Park begins Oct. 17

Posted by CDOT this morning:

As you drive US 34, you may notice LOTS of signs telling you the road is closed from Drake to Cedar Cove and telling you to take US 287 to CO66 to US 36 to get to Estes Park. And still we have people getting upset when they keep driving up US 34 and find this. Yes, the road is closed from MP 77 to MP 80, and it will be until late May 2017. The detour is a lot longer if you have to turn around from here. Plan your trip!

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4. Re: Full Closure of Hwy 34 Loveland to Estes Park begins Oct. 17

What is the shortest driving time to Estes Park from Ft. Collins, Colorado?

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5. Re: Full Closure of Hwy 34 Loveland to Estes Park begins Oct. 17

Regina D, that depends on if you will be making this drive before they reopen highway 34 or after. If you are planning to visit before Memorial Day weekend, these are the shortest and quickest routes which are an hour and 23 minutes to an hour and 29 minutes according to Google Maps and those estimates are correct.

https://goo.gl/maps/dwMmBTk61Eu

If your visit is after highway 34 has reopened, that route takes about an hour and 10 minutes assuming there are no construction delays.

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6. Re: Full Closure of Hwy 34 Loveland to Estes Park begins Oct. 17

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