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    Rocky Mountain

    National Park Colorado

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  • Old Fall River Road will be closed in 2014 due to flood damage

    Damages on Old Fall River Road are extensive and the road will remain closed to vehicles through 2014. It is unknown at this time whether hikers and bicyclists will be allowed on the road. More »

  • Impacts from September 2013 Flood

    Due to recent flooding, there are still some closures in the park that could affect your visit. More »

Flood Impacts and Closures

Updated Friday, March 28, 2014

Due to flooding in September, closures still remain in some areas on the east side of the park. The National Park Service is continuing to conduct damage assessments in the closed areas. Some of these areas will remain closed for the long-term, while others will reopen as quickly as possible.
Please read the latest news release for more information.

The communities of Grand Lake and Estes Park are open and welcoming visitors.

Roads
Most park roads have reopened to their normal seasonal status. Two exceptions are Old Fall River Road, which will be closed throughout 2014, and Endovalley Road which is closed at the East Alluvial Fan parking area. Cost estimates and design concepts are still being determined for these roads. Trail Ridge Road through the park is also closed for the season. Check the Road Status Report for the most up-to-date information.

Known Damage to Trails & Pedestrian Access
Bear Lake Area: Boulder Brook Trail bridge is missing. Odessa Lake Campsite/Spur Trail and Glacier Gorge Campsite bridges are also missing.

Fall River Area: The Ypsilon Lake Trail bridge is missing as are bridges to Cutbank and Golderbanner Campsites. Lawn Lake and Ypsilon Lake Trails are both damaged with sections that are missing. There is severe damage to both the East and West Alluvial Fan Trails. The Alluvial Fan Trail Bridge is missing. Endovalley Road and Old Fall River Road are open to pedestrians. The Roaring River Bridge is washed out, so to get past the East Alluvial Fan (where the road is closed), visitors must cross through the stream. Caution is advised and the water is cold. Bicycles and pets on leashes are not permitted past the barricade on the road.

Lumpy Ridge Area: The Bridal Veil Falls bridge is missing. Bridges to Rabbit Ears and MacGregor Mountain Campsites are missing.

Twin Sisters Trail: A large landslide occurred on the west side of Twin Sisters which impacted the switchbacks leading to the upper portion of the trail.

Northfork Area: The Dunraven Trailhead is closed .All campsite bridges on the North Fork Trail have been damaged or missing. North BoundaryTrail bridges at North Fork Cabin and West Creek are missing.


Wild Basin Area: The bridge at Ouzel Falls is missing. The spur trail to Ouzel Lake damaged and the bridge is missing. The section of trail between the Finch Lake junction and Calypso Cascades is closed. The Sandbeach Trail bridge at Hunters Creek is missing.

Caution for Backcountry Travelers
Backcountry travelers will encounter different conditions than they have experienced in the past. Expect missing foot bridges, missing trail segments, uneven trail surfaces, unstable slopes, falling trees due to soil moisture, rutted trails, damaged water bars and steps, standing water, difficult water crossings, and missing directional signs. Be prepared; hike at your own risk. Most of Rocky Mountain National Park is designated wilderness, where self-reliance and adventure are expected. Hikers should be prepared to take responsibility for their own actions; search and rescue may be delayed. Be prepared to stay overnight even if you are a day hiker. Hiking poles may be helpful on uneven trails. Route finding skills may be required. Carry a map and compass and other backcountry travel essentials. Check the Trail Condition Reports for more detailed information.

For Rocky Mountain National Park information, call the Information Office at 970-586-1206.

Check the News Release section for previous information updates from the flood.
 

Find more information at local county emergency management websites:

Larimer County

Boulder County

Grand County

Did You Know?

a photo of author William Allen White

Author William Allen White, the editor of the Emporia Gazette in Kansas, won a 1922 Pulitzer Prize for his editorial “To an Anxious Friend.” His vacation cabin sits near the Moraine Park Visitor Center.