Rocky Mountain National Park closed to all recreational use
Last Updated: 86 days ago
ESTES PARK, Colo. - Rocky Mountain National Park is closed to all recreational use.
The National Park Service said the closure includes the backcountry, all trails, secondary roads, picnic areas, and park campgrounds. Campers have relocated outside the park.
The east side of Rocky Mountain National park is under an emergency disaster declaration. The park will be closed until further notice. It is too soon to determine when sections of the park may reopen or when we will have the capacity to manage recreational use.
Trail Ridge Road, which is U.S. Highway 34 through Rocky Mountain National Park, is open for essential travel only.
Trail Ridge Road will remain open as long as weather and road conditions permit. It is highest continuous paved road in the United States, topping out at 12,183 feet.
At the request of the Town of Estes Park and Larimer County Emergency Services, park managers have been asked to only allow eastbound traffic to consist of community residents, family members of community residents providing support, emergency services and delivery trucks. This request is being made because the Estes Park community's infrastructure is overwhelmed due to the magnitude of this historic flood event. The limited resources must be focused on response and recovery. No visitors to the area will be allowed to travel east bound, even those with advance plans and reservations in the community.
Conditions continue to change. Trail Ridge Road is closed from the Fall River Entrance to Deer Ridge Junction. Trail Ridge Road is open from Beaver Meadows Entrance, U.S. Highway 36, through to Grand Lake. However, travelers should plan for the possibility of night closures if conditions warrant.
The rest of Phone and internet service is currently unavailable from most of Rocky Mountain National Park. Park personnel are currently unable to receive or make phone calls outside the local area.
U.S. Highways 36 and 34 to Estes Park were heavily damaged by flood waters and remain closed.
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