Flood Impacts and Closures

In September 2013, Rocky Mountain National Park experienced historic flooding that damaged bridges, roads, and trails, mostly on the east side of the park. Many repairs have been made, but damage still remains in some areas.

The following list is NOT inclusive of all flood impacts in the park. If 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.

Alluvial Fan Area
There is no trail access from either the east or west parking areas (those trails were destroyed). The rest of the area is open.

Bear Lake Area
Although open to visitors, sections of the trail around Bear Lake are still in poor condition. Stay in the trail corridor despite conditions and pay attention to posted warnings.

Fall River Area
The Lawn Lake Trail is closed to stock (stock can access Lawn Lake via the Black Canyon Trail using the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead). The bridge across the Roaring River on the Ypsilon Lake Trail has been replaced.

Lumpy Ridge Area
There is damage on the McGregor Falls Trail and Black Canyon Trail.

Northfork Area
Trail restoration is complete.

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 also received damage. Both trails are closed to stock.

Wild Basin Area
The spur trail to Ouzel Lake is damaged. The section of trail between Finch Lake junction and Calypso Cascades has been repaired and is now open to all visitor use. The Ouzel Falls bridge has been replaced and is open.


Trail Closures For Stock Use

Some trails which are normally open to stock use are currently closed due to flood damage. Learn more.

Wilderness Camping Impacts

Permits are required for wilderness camping. For updated infomation about accessing wilderness sites, call the Wilderness Office at 970 586-1242.


Future Reroutes and Repairs

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.


Last updated: November 28, 2016

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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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