Top Colorado Ski Town Speed Traps: Thanksgiving Edition
Holiday tips for mountain pass drivers
First, I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. To help prepare you for your Thanksgiving travels – should they take you to the high country – here are the top speed traps on your way to Colorado ski towns.
TOP SPEED TRAPS
I spend a lot of time in the mountains looking at real estate, so unfortunately, I have firsthand knowledge of all these locations. I'm by no means recommending you speed. First, as you are heading out, make sure you fire up the app Waze to stay current on all traffic and police sightings. The list below isn't meant to be exhaustive, just a friendly heads-up.
BRECKENRIDGE + KEYSTONE + ARAPAHOE BASIN + LOVELAND
There are three primary speed traps to watch out for between Denver and the tunnel:
- FLOYD HILL: Officers commonly sit on the bridge between I-70 or on the on-off ramps.
- BEFORE IDAHO SPRINGS: As you go down toward Idaho Springs, Clear Creek County often can be found on-patrol in this area.
- EISENHOWER TUNNEL: Entering and exiting the tunnel drops from a 65 to a 50 m.p.h. in a split second, they love to write tickets as you head out of the tunnel down the mountain.
THE ALTERNATE TO I-70
If I-70 is backed up and you are heading to Breckenridge, you can also take 285 and come into Breckenridge via Hoosier Pass.
- Morrison: As you are heading up 285 past C-470 as soon as you enter the curves you will see a Morrison police officer.
- Bailey: As you head toward this small community, there are always patrol officers on the downhill and through town.
- As you come down Rabbit ears pass, the speed drops to 50 m.p.h. for five miles or so. The state patrol is always writing tickets coming into Steamboat.
- If you are passing through Steamboat, immediately after you leave town is a state patrol office on the right. They routinely walk out the door and write tickets.
- Immediately after you pass through Frisco, there is a speed trap where patrol officers sit in the median just as you get into the curves.
- As you come down Berthoud, there is a speed trap.
- As you enter or exit Winter Park.
If you head toward Crested Butte or Telluride, you can take I-285.
- When 285 dead-ends in Johnson's Corner between Salida and Buena Vista, it is one of the most well-known speed traps in the area.
- As you are heading down Vail Pass
- As you exit Vail toward Edwards
- Close to Carbondale
Everyone, please drive safely this holiday season, and have a joy-filled Thanksgiving stuffed with humor … and hopefully, no tickets.