Immediately after leaving Glenwood County, Interstate 70/U.S. 6 departs from Garfield County and enters Eagle County. Home to a wide variety of ski resorts such as Beaver Creek and Vail, Eagle County recently gained tabloid notoriety for the Kobe Bryant near-trial from 2004. In addition to winter sports, Eagle County is also a well-known spot for hiking, fly fishing, and camping due to the proximity of the White River National Forest. Photo taken 08/28/04.
With the wider valley, straighter road, more sight distance, and no tunnels for awhile, the speed limit for Interstate 70 increases to 65 miles per hour. Photo taken 08/28/04.
The first Eagle County exit along eastbound Interstate 70/U.S. 6 is Exit 133, Dotsero, one mile. There is an old steel truss bridge that carries the old alignment of U.S. 6-24 over the Colorado River that is accessible via this exit. Photo taken 08/28/04.
Eastbound Interstate 70/U.S. 6 reaches Exit 133, Dotsero. Dotsero is small enough that some maps of Colorado do not even acknowledge it. Photo taken 08/28/04.
Here, Interstate 70/U.S. 6 cross the Colorado River for a final time. The Colorado River leaves Interstate 70 and travels to the northeast toward its headwaters in Rocky Mountain National Park. Meanwhile, Interstate 70 and U.S. 6 continue east parallel to the Eagle River en route to Gypsum, Eagle, Wolcott, Avon, and Dowds Junction (Junction U.S. 24, Exit 171). Photo taken 08/28/04.
This mileage sign provides the distance to Gypsum, Eagle (county seat), and Denver on eastbound Interstate 70/U.S. 6. Photo taken 08/28/04.
The next exit along eastbound Interstate 70/U.S. 6 is Exit 140, Junction East U.S. 6 to Gypsum, Eagle, and Wolcott. U.S. 6 follows the original alignment of U.S. 6-24 through the heart of Eagle County, rejoining Interstate 70 at Exit 171 (Junction U.S. 24). For whatever reason, the U.S. 6 shield is omitted from any advance signage for Exit 140 along eastbound. Photo taken 08/28/04.
U.S. 6 East (via Exit 140) leads to Gypsum and to the Eagle County Airport. The U.S. route acts as a business route through the communities of Eagle County. Photo taken 08/28/04.
Eastbound Interstate 70 and U.S. 6 split at Exit 140. This is the first time the two routes have split since leaving New Castle (Exit 109) in Garfield County. They will cross each other near Wolcott (Exit 157), cross again at Exit 167, and reunite at Exit 171, where U.S. 24 spurs to the south. Photo taken 08/28/04.
Interstate 70 East
An eastbound Interstate 70 Colorado shield is posted after the U.S. 6/Gypsum interchange (Exit 140). Photo taken 08/28/04.
The next exit along eastbound Interstate 70 is Exit 147, Junction Business Spur I-70/Eby Creek Road south to Eagle, one mile. The business spur connects the freeway with U.S. 6 in downtown Eagle, the seat of Eagle County. The business spur is not signed from the mainline, and we did not investigate the route to see if shields are present. However, the business spur is a state-maintained highway. Photo taken 08/28/04.
Exit 147 also connects to a Rest Area, which also serves as an Eagle County visitor's information center. Photo taken 08/28/04.
Eastbound Interstate 70 at Exit 147, Junction Business Spur I-70/Eby Creek Road south to Eagle. The town of Eagle has made national headlines recently due to the rape case associated with the National Basketball Association Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Photo taken 08/28/04.
Near Eagle, this large mountain dominates the view on eastbound Interstate 70. Photo taken 08/28/04.
The next exit along eastbound Interstate 70 is a short connector road to U.S. 6, which in turn connects to northbound Colorado 131 to Steamboat Springs. Photo taken 08/28/04.
This view shows the configuration (from left to right) the Colorado 131 arch bridge over the Eagle River, the Eagle River, U.S. 6, and Interstate 70 near Wolcott. Photo taken 08/28/04.
Colorado 131 is the main route from Interstate 70 north to Steamboat Springs for those who did not use U.S. 40 via Winter Park, Granby, Kremmling, and Rabbit Ears Pass. Colorado 131 itself serves such small towns and sites as State Bridge, Bond, McCoy, Toponas, Yampa, Phippsburg, and Oak Creek. Photo taken 08/28/04.
Eastbound Interstate 70 reaches Exit 157, Junction Colorado 131 north to U.S. 6 and Wolcott. Photo taken 08/28/04.
At the base of the ramp is this sign pointing the way to northbound Colorado 131 to Steamboat Springs. Photo taken 08/28/04.