Flood Impacts and Closures

Rocky Mountain National Park received significant damages on bridges, roads and trails during the historic floods that occurred in September 2013. However, impacts in the park were relatively minor in comparison to the disastrous flooding that downstream communities east of the park experienced. The west side of the park was largely unaffected by the storm with flooding occurring only east of the Continental Divide.

Keep reading...to access the interactive map of damaged bridges and trails.

Alluvial Fan and Old Fall River Road
This area, along with Old Fall River Road, suffered extensive damages during the flood. Currently, there is no trail access in the Alluvial Fan area from either the east or west parking areas as those trails were destroyed. If walking or hiking off road or trail in flood-damaged areas use caution and check area signs or ask a ranger for information and safety tips.

Endovalley Road is open to vehicles. Old Fall River Road reopened to vehicles on July 2, 2015 and closed for the season on October 23. Normally the road is open from the fourth of July to early October.

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Sign at the West Alluvial Fan parking lot entrance after the flood.

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Debris at Alluvial Fan bridge September 2013

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New pavement and culvert near Alluvial Fan
New section of pavement and box culvert on Endovalley Road at the Alluvial Fan.

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Major work was completed on Endovalley Road and Old Fall River Road.

Ouzel Falls bridge completed early in the fall of 2015.
New Ouzel Falls bridge completed in early fall 2015.

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Damage to Trails & Pedestrian Access
Note! Due to the flood, backcountry travelers may encounter different conditions than they have experienced in the past. Visitors may find missing foot bridges, missing trail segments, uneven trail surfaces, unstable slopes, falling trees due to soil moisture, rutted trails, damaged water bars and steps, difficult water crossings, and missing directional signs. Be prepared. Route finding skills may be required. Carry a map and compass and other backcountry travel essentials. Most of Rocky Mountain National Park is designated wilderness, where self-reliance, discovery and adventure are expected.

The following information is NOT an inclusive list of all of the flood impacts in the park. If recreating in these areas, please be aware of warning signs and potential hazards. Bridge Out hazards include cold, fast moving water, slippery rocks and logs, risk of injury or drowning.

Fall River Area: Lawn Lake and Ypsilon Lake Trails have significant damage with sections that are missing. The bridge across the Roaring River to Ypsilon Lake Trail is missing. Access to Ypsilon Lake, Fay Lakes and Spectacle Lakes will be difficult during high water.

Alluvial Fan Area: Area has reopened after road work was completed however, there is no trail access in the Alluvial Fan area from either the east or west parking areas as those trails were destroyed.

Lumpy Ridge Area: The Bridal Veil Falls and Cow Creek Trails have been repaired. The Bridal Veil Falls bridge has been replaced. There is damage on the McGregor Falls Trail, the Black Canyon Trail and the North Gem Lake Trail.

Twin Sisters Area: The large landslide on the west side of Twin Sisters impacted the switchbacks leading to the upper portion of the trail. Aspen Brook Trail received damage.

Northfork Area: The North Fork Trail received major damage, but trail restoration has been ongoing. The North Boundary Trail bridges and trail have been repaired. Bridges on the North Fork Trail and Lost Lake Trail have been repaired.

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

Bear Lake Area: The bridge across Fern Creek to Odessa Lake has been replaced. The damaged section of the North Longs Trail to the west of the Boulder Brook Junction has been re

To see the map of some damaged bridges and trails, click here.

Rocky Mountain National Park is considering reroutes and repairs to several trails that were heavily damaged or lost during the September 2013 flood. Learn more...

Trail Closures For Stock Use

Some trails which are normally open to stock use are currently closed due to flood damage. Please see map

In 2014 and 2015, the priority was to replace missing foot bridges and repair Old Fall River Road. The next steps will be to assess at what level park staff will "repair" damaged trails. The flood was a natural event which will be taken into consideration as park staff move forward to determine what repairs should be made.

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Wilderness Camping Impacts
Permits are required for wilderness camping. The Wilderness Office can provide updated information on the status of access to wilderness sites. Call the Wilderness Office at (970) 586-1242.

For more detailed information about flood impacts, please call the park's Information Office at (970) 586-1206.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517

Phone:

(970) 586-1206
Have questions? We've got answers! Call 8am–4:30pm Mountain Time to speak with park staff (recorded information after hours). For Trail Ridge Road status, call (970) 586-1222.

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