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Dec 23, 2000
Tourists Trapped By Snowstorm On Pikes Peak

Jul 16, 2003 9:33 am US/Mountain
CASCADE, Colo. (AP) As people in many parts of Colorado endured triple-digit temperatures, about 50 people were stranded on Pikes Peak when a snowstorm forced closure of a highway up the mountain for three hours.

Officials on Tuesday closed six miles of the 19-mile highway because of ice and snow on the road.

A few drivers who were more than halfway up the road were told to stay at Glen Cove, and those on their way down from Glen Cove were told to stop.

The snow fell hard for about a half-hour, said Sgt. Jeremiah Gallagher, a Pikes Peak Highway ranger. He said it was the first time in at least three years that visitors were trapped at the 14,110-foot summit by a summer snowstorm.

"That's the name of the game when you're 14,000 feet up high. Anything can happen," he said.

The highway was reopened about 7 p.m.