Highway 119 in Boulder Canyon has been shut down between Sugarloaf and Nederland after boulders the size of SUVs dropped onto the road Monday morning.


The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) says that the road closure began at 9:04 a.m. on Monday morning after a rockslide occurred about 12 miles west of Boulder. CDOT recommends that travelers use Sugarloaf Road or Magnolia Drive as an alternate route while the road is closed for what will likely be the remainder of the day. Click here to view a map of the road closure.

"We are working on cleanup and need to make sure the road is safe and canyon is stable before opening," CDOT posted on their Facebook page around noon Monday along with a photo of the rock slide. "Right now we estimate that the closure will last for several more hours at least."

9News reports that there are around 50 cubic yards of rock covering both lanes of the highway with five rocks at least 10 feet in diameter

No vehicles were hit by the slide, according to 7News.

LOOK: Large boulders on Highway 119 in Boulder Canyon
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  • FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 20, 2008 file photo, restriction tape blocks an area at Curry Village in Yosemite National Park, Calif., after a boulder fell during a rock slide. Falling boulders are the single biggest force shaping Yosemite Valley, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the nation┬'s system of national parks. Now large swaths of popular haunts deemed unsafe are closing as officials acknowledge they knew for more than a decade ago that unsuspecting tourists were being lodged in harm┬'s way. On Thursday, June 14, 2012, the National Park Service will announce that potential danger from the unstable 3,000-foot-tall slab of granite known as Glacier Point, a picturesque promontory that for decades has provided a dramatic backdrop to park entertainment events, will leave uninhabitable large parts of Yosemite Valley┬'s most popular lodging areas. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

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  • Indian residents walk past boulders left in the road by an earthquake in Gangtok, India, Monday, Sept. 19, 2011. Rescue workers raced Monday to reach Indian villages cut off by mudslides after a powerful earthquake damaged more than 100,000 homes in the remote Himalayan region, officials said. (AP Photo) INDIA OUT

  • The Johnsons landing landslide is shown in this Thursday July 12, 2012 photo provided by Emergency BC. Four people are still unaccounted for nearly 24 hours after a wall of rock, mud and trees cascaded down the side of a mountain above the shores of Kootenay Lake, tearing through the tiny community of Johnsons Landing, about 70 kilometres northeast of Nelson. At least three homes in the southeastern B.C. hamlet are engulfed by the muck, which is unstable and shifting, prompting searchers to call off rescue efforts at least once on Thursday afternoon. Emergency crews met at dawn Friday to consider the most efficient and effective way to search the massive mudslide for possible victims. (AP Photo/Emergency BC via The Canadian Press) HANDOUT PHOTO; ONE TIME USE ONLY; NO ARCHIVES; NOT FOR RESALE

  • A survivor observes the scene of Tuesday's landslide which was triggered by heavy rains, in Bududa district, Uganda Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Massive landslides induced by torrential rains destroyed three villages in the mountainous district of Bududa in eastern Uganda Monday, killing scores of people but possibly hundreds, officials said. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera)

  • An arial view of the scene of the landslide of the Bududa about 250kms east of Uganda capital Kampala, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Massive landslides induced by torrential rains destroyed three villages in the mountainous district of Bududa in eastern Uganda Monday, killing scores of people but possibly hundreds, officials said. (AP Photo / Stephen Wandera)

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  • An aerial photo shows the site of a landslide at Guihulngan, Negros Oriental province in central Philippines Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, a day after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit the province and at least four other central provinces killing over a dozen people and damaging homes and infrastructures. (AP Photo/Judy Flores)

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  • Aerial view of the landslide at Cape Arcona on the German Baltic Sea island of Ruegen Tuesday Dec. 27, 2011. German rescuers are still searching for a 10-year-old girl who was buried by a rock fall while out hiking with her family along the picturesque beach. (AP Photo/dapd/ Jens Koehler)

  • A landslide after Sunday's heavy rainstorm collapsed a section of a coastal bluff road in San Pedro, seen Monday Nov. 21, 2011. There were no injuries or property damaged. A Los Angeles official says the stretch of road that collapsed is likely irreparable and a new route for the scenic roadway will have to be considered. (AP Photo/The Daily Breeze,Robert Casillas ) MAGS OUT; NO SALES

  • Police officers check a pickup truck that felt into a hole caused by heavy rains at the Pan American an highway La Cuesta de la Moramulca, 52 Km. from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Monday, Oct. 17, 2011. Central American authorities said on Sunday that at least 66 people had died in six days of heavy rains that caused landslides, floods and bridge failures throughout the region. Officials ordered evacuations as the rain was expected to continue. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)

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    In this photo provided by the Indian Army, aerial view of the Gangtok-Mangan highway is seen that was damaged by a landslide following Sunday┬'s 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Sikkim, India, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. Officials say the death toll from a Himalayan earthquake that shook northeastern India, Nepal and China has risen, while troops trying to reach survivors are pushing through landslide debris with earthmovers. (AP Photo/Indian Army) EDITORIAL USE ONLY