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    Rocky Mountain

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  • Impacts from September 2013 Flood - Old Fall River Road, Alluvial Fan and Trails

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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: TEMPORARILY CLOSED at Many Parks Curve on the east side (8 miles from east entrances) and Colorado River Trailhead on the west side (10 miles from Grand Lake Entrance). It will reopen when weather and road conditions permit. It is not expected to open on Tuesday, September 30, due to 2-3 snowdrifts at the Alpine Visitor Center, ice, and wind.

Trail Ridge Road was not designed to be an all-season road, as 11 miles are above 11,500 feet and there are no shoulders and few guardrails.

Because weather conditions may change rapidly, particularly in spring and fall, park visitors should be prepared to adjust travel plans accordingly and are encouraged to call the park's Trail Ridge Road recorded 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
Damages on Old Fall River Road from the September 2013 flood were extensive. Old Fall River Road is closed to all uses including pedestrians and hikers for major repair work.

The closure area on Old Fall River Road extends from west of the Lawn Lake Trailhead parking area to the Alpine Visitor Center. This closure includes the Alluvial Fan, and the east and west Alluvial Fan parking areas. The closure extends 200 feet from the centerline to both sides of the road corridor. This closure does not include the Fall River waterway and bank. Areas affected by this closure may be adjusted as construction work proceeds.

For additional information on flood impacts in the park, see the Flood Impacts and Closures page.

Other Roads
Bear Lake Road: OPEN

Fern Lake Road: OPEN

Wild Basin Road: OPEN

Twin Sisters Trailhead Access Road: OPEN

Upper Beaver Meadows Road: OPEN

Endovalley Road: CLOSED (please see Old Fall River Road closure information above)

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: September 30, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

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