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Trail Ridge Road Closed for the Season

RMNP is open and welcomes visitors 365 days a year.  Trail Ridge Road, with eleven miles above 11,500 feet, few guard rails and no shoulder, winter conditions of drifting snow, high winds and below freezing temperatures above 10,000 feet, was not designed for winter travel.  On Friday, October 30, 2015, Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park officially closed to through travel for the season.  Guests are able to drive up to Many Parks Curve on the east side.   Bear Lake Road, Moraine Park, and Horseshoe Park are all open for hiking, wildlife watching, photography, and seasonal sport, adventure and fun.


According to acting park superintendent Ben Bobowski, “At higher elevations with freezing temperatures, ice and snow continues to blow and drift on Trail Ridge Road, making snow clearing operations and driving conditions extremely hazardous.  During the winter season, weather permitting, we will keep Trail Ridge Road open to Many Parks Curve on the east side of the park and to the Colorado River Trailhead on the west side of the park.”


Old Fall River Road closed for the season on October 23.  Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road will remain open to bicycles and leashed pets until November 30, re-opening on April 1, except during road maintenance operations and emergency closures as posted.  Cyclists and pet owners may utilize the road at their own risk.  After November 30, both of these roads will revert to “winter trail status” which means that bicycles and leashed pets are not permitted beyond the closed gates.


For current road conditions and other park information, please call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.


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