Rocky Mountain National Park crews are plowing through 18+ foot drifts on Trail Ridge Road

ESTES PARK, Colo. - Crews trying to clear Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park by Memorial Day are plowing their way through drifts of snow more than 18 feet deep in spots.

Park officials posted on Facebook that drifts on Tuesday measured 18.5 feet near Rock Cut, 17.5 feet just past Rainbow Curve, 15.5 feet near Forest Canyon and 11.5 feet near Lava Cliff.

Park road crews try to open Trail Ridge Road on Memorial Day weekend each year. The goal this year, weather permitting, is to open the road May 24.

Trail Ridge is billed as the country's highest continuous highway. The 48-mile long road climbs to 12,183 feet and connects the towns of Estes Park on the east side of the park with Grand Lake, on the west.

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