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Digging Out Trail Ridge Road May 2015 Update

access RMNP snow removal crews usually begin plowing Trail Ridge Road in mid April from both east and west sides to meet up near the middle at the Alpine Visitor Center (11,796 feet above sea level).


The annual target for opening the road is Memorial Day Weekend. However, where plow operators normally encounter drifts from 18 to 22 feet, this spring, they have also dealt with fairly consistent freezing temperatures above 10,000 feet, lots of wet and stormy weather with many days of low to no visibility, high wind, drifting snow, and icy road conditions.


Park snowplow operators will continue to plow the road, and it will open as soon as it is safe to do so.  Due to the extended forecast for winter conditions at higher elevations, it is too soon to predict when Trail Ridge Road will be open for the season.  Remember, too, that melting and refreezing snow creates icy road conditions after sundown at higher elevations. Please plan your trip accordingly.


Park staff expect a busy Memorial Day Weekend throughout Rocky Mountain National Park.   Visitors planning to recreate in the park’s backcountry, depending on their destination, should be prepared for a variety of conditions including snow, ice, slush and mud.


For further information about Rocky Mountain National Park please contact the park Information Office at (970) 586-1206, the Trail Ridge Road status recorded phone line at (970) 586-1222 or check the park’s website at

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