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Trail Ridge Road Continues To Be Vital Link To Estes Park Community

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Date: September 14, 2013
Contact: Kyle Patterson, 970-586-1363

Trail Ridge Road, which is Hwy 34 through the park, is OPEN for essential travel only. Trail Ridge Road will remain open as long as weather and road conditions permit.  

At the request of the Town of Estes Park and Larimer County Emergency Services park managers have been asked to only allow east bound traffic to consist of community residents, family members of community residents providing support, emergency services and delivery trucks.  This request is being made because the Estes Park community's infrastructure is overwhelmed due to the magnitude of this historic flood event. The limited resources must be focused on response and recovery. No visitors to the area will be allowed to travel east bound, even those with advance plans and reservations in the community. Thank you for your understanding.   

Conditions continue to change. Hwy 34 is closed from the Fall River Entrance to Deer Ridge Junction. Trail Ridge Road is open from Beaver Meadows Entrance, Hwy 36, through to Grand Lake. However, travelers should plan for the possibility of night closures if conditions warrant.  

The rest of Rocky Mountain National Park is closed to all recreational use. This includes the backcountry, all trails, secondary roads, picnic areas, and park campgrounds. Campers have relocated outside the park. The east side of Rocky Mountain National park is under an emergency disaster declaration. The park will be closed until further notice. It is too soon to determine when sections of the park may reopen or when we will have the capacity to manage recreational use.  

Phone and internet service is currently unavailable from most of Rocky Mountain National Park. We are currently unable to receive or make phone calls outside the local area.   

To receive more information about Rocky Mountain National Park once phone service is restored, please call the park's Information Office at 970-586-1206.   

Did You Know?

a photo of a comfort station

Daily during the summer, Rocky's custodial crew cleans 102 toilets in comfort stations at trailheads and along roads. They also clean around 100 toilets in campground comfort stations, 30 visitor center toilets, and 35 toilets for park staff. That's 267 toilets cleaned every day of the summer!