Be aware that Kebler Pass road will be closed at times during the fall of 2016, from September 7th to October 14th. Late November is the most common time for Kebler Pass to close for the winter season. For the complete schedule, see the press release below. The area of the closure is just west of Crested Butte, at the wintertime trailhead (Trapper’s Crossing at Wildcat) to Splains Gulch, a few miles to the West. From what I can tell, the construction will address the short one lane sections of road that have had temporary fixes over the past couple of years. This closure will affect residents of the Irwin townsite, so plan accordingly.
Kebler Pass is one of the most popular drives in Colorado during the peak of fall colors. “Leaf peepers” will want to either time their drive accordingly, or take the longer but equally scenic Ohio Pass road from Gunnison. For us locals, that also means that we will need to time our drives to the Western slope, whether we’re heading to wine country or riding the trails of Paonia, Grand Junction, or Fruita. Here is the following release, with Kebler Pass road closure times and contact information.