Roads Reopening On The East Side Of Rocky Mountain National Park Some Roads Remain Closed

Road leading to Fern Lake Trailhead May 19, 2017
Snow on road to Fern Lake Trailhead

Courtesy Rocky Mountain National Park

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News Release Date: May 19, 2017

Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363

Park snowplow operators have been working through the day to plow roads and numerous parking lots. Park rangers have also accounted for all wilderness camping permit holders who were camping overnight in the park’s backcountry. 
Numerous roads are reopening on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Trail Ridge Road has reopened to Many Parks Curve.  Access to the park from the Fall River Entrance and the Beaver Meadows Entrance has reopened. Bear Lake Road has reopened to Sprague Lake. The upper portion of Bear Lake Road above Sprague Lake, as well as the Bear Lake parking lot, are expected to reopen sometime tomorrow.
Roads still closed include the Endovalley Road from the US 34 junction, Moraine Park Road from the Bear Lake Road junction to the Fern Lake Trailhead, Wild Basin Road at the Sandbeach Trailhead, and Upper Beaver Meadows Road. Numerous parking lots have not been plowed and are inaccessible.   
Trail Ridge Road on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park is open to the Colorado River Trailhead.  
More snow is forecast for this evening in Rocky Mountain National Park; park visitors should prepare for winter driving conditions.
More than 3 feet of snow has fallen in the past 24 hours resulting in VERY DANGEROUS AVALANCHE CONDITIONS in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Currently travel in avalanche terrain is NOT recommended. Visitors planning to hike, snowshoe or ski in the mountains this weekend should carry avalanche safety gear and have associated avalanche safety training and experience.
Park visitors should use additional caution when driving on roads as wildlife are now using cleared roads as easier travel routes.  As always, please stay back and give wildlife the space they need, especially during this more stressful time as they travel through heavy, wet snow.  
For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please visit or call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.

Last updated: May 19, 2017

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1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517


(970) 586-1206
Through winter, the Information Office is open 8:00 am–4:30 pm Mon–Fri. Recorded Trail Ridge Road status: (970) 586-1222.

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