Rocky Mountain N.P.

Trail Ridge Road opening delayed due to wet spring snow

TrailRidge2.5.14.15ESTES PARK – Due to continuing winter conditions at high elevations in Rocky Mountain National Park, Trail Ridge Road’s opening will be delayed.  Trail Ridge Road historically opens on Memorial Day weekend; last year the road opened on May 24.

According to Park Superintendent, Vaughn Baker, “This May’s snowy and wet weather patterns have certainly hampered this year’s efforts.  As is typical, park plow operators have dealt with days of low to no visibility, wind, drifting snow and icy road conditions.  This May, freezing temperatures above 10,000 feet, the lack of sunshine and the fact that Memorial Day is earlier this year have added to the challenges.”

Park snowplow operators will continue to plow the road; the road 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 that might be.

Park staff expect a busy Memorial Day Weekend throughout Rocky Mountain National Park.  The three reservation campgrounds in the park are full for the weekend.  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 www.nps.gov/romo.

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