Road Status Report
Rocky Mountain National Park has the highest paved roads in any National Park in the United States. Trail Ridge Road crests at 12,183 feet. Due to the high elevations and exposure, park roads are subject to strong winds and rapid weather changes. Road conditions in and around the park can change quickly, particularly in the spring and fall.
Trail Ridge Road: Closed for the season it is scheduled to open, weather permitting on May 24th.
On the east side of the park, the Highway 34 Fall River Entrance and the Highway 36 Beaver Meadows Entrance are open, weather permitting, to Rainbow Curve, about 12 miles from the east entrances.
On the west side, Trail Ridge Road is open, weather permitting, to Milner Pass, about 16 miles from the Grand lake entrance.
Trail Ridge Road is open to bicycles and pets on leashes as posted during spring maintenance operations.
Trail Ridge Road should reopen May 24, 2013, weather permitting.
Because weather conditions may change rapidly, when Trail RIdge Road is open, park visitors should be prepared to adjust travel plans accordingly and are encouraged to call the park's Trail Ridge Road recorded phone status line at (970) 586-1222.
To learn more about this scenic drive, click here.
For information about Rocky Mountain National Park call 970-586-1206 daily 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time).
Colorado Division of Transportation (CDOT) - Traveler Information: For information about roads outside the park call 303-639-1111 from Denver or out-of-state. For inquiries within Colorado but outside the Denver area, please call 877-315-7623. Or visit the CDOT website at http://www.cotrip.org/roadConditions.htm
Old Fall River Road: Closed for the season.
Fall River Road is now open to bicycles and pets on leashes, as posted during spring maintenacne operations.
Fall River Road is a steep, one-way unpaved road. When open to vehicles, it is not suitable for RVs or low-clearance vehicles, but provides spectacular views for suitable passenger cars, trucks, or SUVs. Click here to learn more.
Vehicles with trailers or vehicles exceeding 25 feet in length are not permitted on Old Fall River Road.
For more information about traveling on Old Fall River Road, click here.
Bear Lake Road: Open year-round, weather permitting. Bear Lake Road is undergoing major reconstruction on the lower 5.1 miles, from the junction of Trail Ridge Road/Highway 36 to the Park & Ride/Glacier Basin Campground intersection. Click here for more information on the reconstruction project.
Fern Lake Road: Open for the season.
Wild Basin Road: Open for the season.
Twin Sisters Trailhead Access Road: Closed for the season. It is in "winter trail status" which means that bicycles and pets are not permitted beyond the closed gate.
Upper Beaver Meadows Road: Open for the season.
Endovalley Road: Open for the season. However, work of the bridge at the Roaring River contiunes through 5/23/2013, so the road will be closed at the East Alluvial Fan parking area for that work.
For information about other area closures in the park, click here.
Like to see as many byways as you can? On the outskirts of Rocky is the oldest Colorado Scenic Byway, Peak to Peak, and another America's Byway, the Colorado River Headwaters. To discover more about other Colorado Scenic Byways click here.
Updated: May 15, 2013 12:30 p.m.
Did You Know?
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!