• Photo of early morning clouds hanging low in the valley with mountains of the Continental Divide stretched out above. NPS Photo/Schonlau

    Rocky Mountain

    National Park Colorado

Forest Health: Upcoming Projects & Temporary Closures


2012 Hazard Tree Removal Projects:
Providing for visitor safety means park managers must mitigate potential hazards (cut trees down), or close the site. In order to keep as many park facilities open as possible, crews will continue to mitigate hazard trees in high visitor use areas. This is an enormous and costly task, with over 400 locations identified for potential hazard tree mitigation. Each site is assessed annually for potential hazards and prioritized for future mitigation projects.

Several projects are scheduled for 2012 which will involve temporary site closures during hazard tree mitigation operations. Following is a list of planned hazard tree removal projects which may include temporary site closures. Please note that all dates are tentative and this site will be revised if scheduled project dates change.


Site Name

Planned Work Timeframe

Potential Impacts to Visitors

Roadways, Pullouts, Picnic Areas and Trailheads ongoing temporary closures and delays
Sprague Lake April-May (Complete) temporary closures and traffic delays
Kaley Cottages June (Complete) temporary closures and traffic delays on Kaley Road

Tuxedo Park

July (Complete)

full closure

Twin Sisters Access Road September

road closed to vehicle traffic, visitors may access by foot

Highway 7, South of Lily Lake October temporary traffic delays
Bear Lake Trail and Trailhead October temporary closures
Please note that all dates are tentative and this site may be updated frequently.

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