Lapse in Appropriations

Areas in Rocky Mountain National Park that have been closed due to the inability to plow and maintain roads are now accessible to visitors. Roads plowed and open include US Hwy 36 (Trail Ridge Road) to Many Parks Curve; US Hwy 34 to Deer Ridge Junction; Bear Lake Road; and US Hwy 34 on the west side of the park to the Colorado River Trailhead.

Some basic visitor services, including entrance stations and two out of five loops at the Moraine Park Campground, have reopened with a limited number of staff. Entrance stations will be open to provide safety and basic information to visitors, but entrance fees will not be collected.

These basic services are being funded with revenue generated by recreation fees. National Park Service officials have determined that by using Federal Land and Recreation Enhancement funds to bring back limited park maintenance staff to plow roads, clean restrooms, and remove trash, the park can restore accessibility to the park for visitors.

Outdoor areas of the park remain accessible.

Most facilities, including Beaver Meadows Visitor Center on the east side and Kawuneeche Visitor Center on the west side will remain closed. Fall River Visitor Center, located outside of the park near the Fall River Entrance, remains open due to staffing efforts by the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.

While basic visitor services have been restored, other services will be limited or unavailable during the lapse in appropriations, including visitor centers, ranger talks and programs. Visitors are reminded that all rules and regulations continue to apply.

January 14, 2019 Press Release related to this update
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Last updated: January 18, 2019

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