Rocky Mountain National Park reopens trails, roads, campgrounds; 7 pct. remains closed from flooding

ESTES PARK, Colo. - Rocky Mountain National Park reopened several major areas and trails on Thursday.

Gates opened on Bear Lake Road, Upper Beaver Meadows, Lumpy Ridge and Longs Peak Road.

That means 93 percent of the park is now open.

However, because of severe flood damage, several trails and areas remain closed. They are the Twin Sisters Trail, Aspenglen Campground, Longs Peak Campground, Cow Creek Trailhead, North Fork Trail, Ypsilon and Lawn Lake trails.

The Wild Basin area past the entrance station is closed, but the Sandbeach Lake Trailhead is open.

Endovalley Road and Old Fall River Road are closed to all use, including pedestrian traffic. 

Park officials said some areas may remain closed for the long term, while other sites will be reopened as quickly as possible.

No fees will be charged this weekend at the park's entrances, campgrounds and backcountry camp sites. Fees will resume Monday, September 30.

For a recorded message on Trail Ridge Road status call 970-586-1222, 24-hours a day.                   

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