Massive Boulder Knocks Out Road to Gunnison River

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Montrose, Colo. (AP) Damage from a 50-foot by 30-foot boulder that left a crater 6 to 8 feet deep on a road leading into the Gunnison River in Black Canyon won't be repaired until at least may.

The Boulder and a smaller rock slide last week wiped out about 100 feet of east portal road. The road, which also provides access to Crystal Lake, is off of Colorado 347 that connects U.S. 50 to Black Canyon National Park.

Donald Phillips of the Bureau of Reclamation said increased moisture this year may has contributed to several rock and snow slides in the area.

Phillips said work to repair the damage won't begin until the snow melts and the soggy hillsides dry up.