July 16, 2013
Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363
Beginning on Saturday, July 20, private vehicles will again be allowed seven days a week on Bear Lake Road. Although vehicles will now be allowed on weekdays as well as weekends, the road construction project is still taking place and park visitors will continue to experience up to two - 20 minute delays in both directions.
On July 20, the shuttle system's transportation hub will return to the Park & Ride rather than Moraine Park Visitor Center where it has been temporarily located during the construction project. The Moraine Park Shuttle Route will again include the following stops from the Park & Ride - Hollowell Park, Tuxedo Park, Moraine Park Visitor Center, Moraine Park Campground, C-Loop, Cub Lake Trailhead and Fern Lake Bus Stop. The Bear Lake Shuttle Route will remain the same and will include the following stops from the Park & Ride – Bierstadt Lake Trailhead, Glacier Gorge Trailhead and Bear Lake. The Hiker Shuttle Route will remain the same with stops at the Estes Park Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride, the Estes Park Visitor Center, the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and the Park & Ride.
Paving and other aspects of the project will likely continue through August.
Rocky is approaching its Centennial anniversary in 2015. Bear Lake Road was completed in 1928 and until 2003, no significant improvements were made. No major road work has taken place on the lower section for more than 80 years. When this project is complete, just prior to the park's hundredth anniversary, it will conclude over 47 miles of critical improvements on park roads since 2003.
For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please call the park's Information Office at (970) 586-1206.