Rock slide in Manitou Springs reminds hikers to be vigilant

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo.– For the second time in five days, a stretch of Highway 24 Business is closed because of dangerous conditions.

The Colorado Department of Transportation shut down the area around 7AM after a rock slide came crashing down.

The large rocks and debris now cover both lanes and it’s been deemed too dangerous to drive past.

“We were just trying to see the falls first because we’ve never seen them, and then we see the rock slide and it was like ‘wow,'” Levi Braley said.

For many hikers in the area, it’s a scary reminder of what can happen.

“It’s worrying, like if you come up here and see a rock slide it worries you because you know that it’s dangerous,” Sadie Hedemark said.

But it’s helping to make them more vigilant.

“I think it’s going to make us more cognizant of what can happen when we’re out here because we’ve never seen anything like the rock slide happen before, and it can definitely happen in the Rockies,” Braley said.

CDOT engineers will be on scene Tuesday to determine what needs to be done before the stretch of Highway 24 Business can re-open.

Until then, hikers in the area should be cautious and aware of their surroundings.

 

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