2012-2013 Winter Storm Response Plan for Rim Rock Drive
Winter has arrived at Colorado National Monument. All motorists and cyclists are reminded to use extra caution while traveling across Rim Rock Drive and should be prepared to encounter ice and snow conditions even when roads are clear in the Grand Valley.
Throughout the duration of the temporary storm closures, the upper section of Rim Rock Drive will be closed with three traffic gates. The gates are located west of DS Road, at 16 ½ Road and at Independence Monument Overlook. All traffic coming from Glade Park will need to use DS Road or Little Park Road because 16 ½ Road at Rim Rock Drive will be temporarily closed. Glade Park commuters who normally access Rim Rock Drive are encouraged to use DS Road on east Rim Rock Drive during active storms.
Colorado National Monument will continue to maintain the east hill of Rim Rock Drive by contracting with Mesa County for plowing and sanding the road when necessary. This provides Glade Park residents with a clear road from the east gate of Colorado National Monument to DS Road during winter.
Did You Know?
John Otto's efforts almost a century ago continue to help visitors experience Colorado National Monument. Of the 40 miles of trails available to hikers in the monument, many of them were first built by original park custodian John Otto. More...