A section of highway on the Western Slope has collapsed, cutting off access to Rifle Gap State Park and the Rifle Falls Fish Hatchery.

A 200-foot-long section of Colorado 325 collapsed, taking out the northbound lane, according to state officials.

Garfield County Sheriff
Colorado 325

Access is limited and anyone who had planned to visit the state park or the fish hatchery should make alternative plans and avoid the area, according to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife news release.

Parks and Wildlife will advise campers planning to stay at the park about the status of their reservation and help find alternative locations for recreation, the release said.

Excessive runoff and accumulation of underground water led to the collapse, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. The collapse happened Thursday night north of Rifle, about seven miles north of Colorado 13.

Colorado 325 has been closed to all through traffic in the area. Alternate routes are through Silt and New Castle. Travelers should check with the local Forest Service for directions, maps and further instructions.