Trail Ridge Road closes for season, but other Rocky Mountain National Park destinations remain open

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. - Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park has officially closed for the 2015-16 winter season.

Connecting Estes Park on the east to Grand Lake on the west, Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in America. It reaches an elevation of 12,183 feet and 11 miles of the roadway are above 11,500 feet.

With drifting snow, high winds, freezing temperatures and few guardrails, the road is closed for the season at Colorado River Trailhead on the west and Many Parks Curve on the east.

Rocky Mountain National Park says the average closure date for the road is around October 23. This year, the road reopened on May 29.

While Trail Ridge Road is closed, the park says popular destinations including Bear Lake Road, Moraine Park, Horseshoe Park and the section of Trail Ridge Road along the Kawuneeche Valley are all open.

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