The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) found a photo from La Veta Pass before being burned by the Spring Fire and compared it to what it looks like now.

Both photos are from the summit of the pass looking southeast. The destruction from the fire is incredibly saddening because it is a very small part of what has been burned by the Spring Fire and so many other wildfires in Colorado this summer.

La Veta Pass will reopen on Saturday (July 7) afternoon but the drive won't be even close to the incredibly beautiful one people are used to seeing.