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Winter Driving Conditions on Rim Rock Drive

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Date: December 10, 2009

Winter Driving Conditions on Rim Rock Drive  -  Expect Icy Conditions!

Stormy conditions have made Rim Rock Drive icy and hazardous. Driving across the top of Rim Rock Drive is not recommended due to exceptionally icy conditions. Plowing and sanding will only be focused on the east and west hills during continued stormy periods.

Rim Rock Drive from Colorado National Monument’s visitor center eastward to DS Road will not be plowed during active storms and will not be an access road for those who may otherwise use 16½ Road in good weather. Glade Park commuters who need to access Rim Rock Drive during winter storms should plan to use the DS Road on East Rim Rock Drive to exit the monument as the rest of Rim Rock Drive will not be plowed.

Once storms subside and conditions permit, Colorado National Monument staff will plow the length of Rim Rock Drive to make it available for all motorists.

Motorists need to give snowplows ample room  - keep a safe distance as plow operators may not be able to see cars following too closely. Biyclists are prohibited from bicycling on Rim Rock Drive while plows are working on any portion of the road.

Motorists driving through Colorado National Monument are reminded to drive cautiously and obey posted speed limits. During winter months, be prepared to encounter ice and snow conditions at any time and in any location even if roads in the valley are clear. Be especially alert for ice on the switchbacks on both the east and west hills of Rim Rock Drive. Speed limits are being enforced and tickets are being issued regularly to speeders, including some with mandatory court appearances.

Did You Know?

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Colorado National Monument is located near the northeast corner of the Colorado Plateau, an arid semi-desert region located between the Rocky Mountains and the Great Basin of Nevada. The average elevation of the entire Colorado Plateau is over 5,000 feet! More...