Shovelers Take On Independence Pass By Hand

With late-season storms still dropping precipitation in the Colorado mountains, some motorists have chosen to shovel their own way through Independence Pass rather than waiting for road crews.

The Aspen Daily News reports that photos of civilian-led rock and snow removal efforts from the 32-mile long pass are posted to social media almost daily. On May 31 -- the same day as the photo, above, was taken -- a group of middle school students cleared the road with lacrosse sticks. Before that, motorists were seen using dog bowls and bare hands.

Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Tracy Trulove says since the May 21 opening, there have been no official reports of any vehicles getting stuck in a slide, nor have there been any related injuries.

Trulove advises those driving over Independence Pass to check CDOT's website for any closures or road problems before departure.