Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park closes for season
Last Updated: 47 days ago
ESTES PARK, Colo. - It's a sign that winter is getting closer -- Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park has officially closed for the season.
"We continue to get snowfall at high elevations combined with strong winds," said park superintendent Vaughn Baker. "The snow will continue to blow and drift at higher elevations, making snow clearing operations and driving conditions extremely hazardous."
The average closure date is October 23. In the last ten years, the road has closed as early as October 17 and as late as November 6.
Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in the U.S. and reaches an elevation of 12,183 feet. It is not the highest paved road in the country. That honor goes to Mount Evans Scenic Byway, which reaches an elevation of 14,130 feet. However, that's an out-and-back road, not a continuous highway.
Trail Ridge Road, also known as Highway 34, links the towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake.
Trail Ridge Road is now in "winter trail status" which means that bicycles and 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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