Planning to Drive in Rocky During the Month of May?
Road conditions can vary greatly during the month of May. All visitors driving in the park between mid-October and early June should be prepared for winter driving conditions.Roads may be snowpacked and icy. Remember to slow down and keep your distance from other vehicles. Keep an eye out for wildlife crossing roads. Due to weather and adverse conditions, roads in Rocky Mountain National Park may close at any time. Colorado Traction Control Law may be implemented as conditions require.
What Does it Mean When Traction Control is Active in the Park?
For the safety of all motorists driving in Rocky Mountain National Park during the winter season, the Colorado Vehicle Traction Law may become active at any time, based on weather and road conditions. While Rocky Mountain National Park has federal exclusive jurisdiction, the park is authorized under 36 CFR 4.2(b) to enforce applicable local and state traffic regulations.When the Colorado Vehicle Traction Law is active in RMNP, this means that all vehicles (including 4-Wheel Drive, All-Wheel Drive, and 2-Wheel Drive) must have properly rated tires (Mud and Snow, Mountain and Snow or All-Weather Tires) with a minimum of 3/16" tread. If you have improperly rated tires on your vehicle, then you must use an approved traction control device. These may include snow chains, cables, tire/snow socks, or studded tires. When the traction law is in place in RMNP, if a vehicle is involved in a motor vehicle crash, to include sliding off the road due to icy conditions, motorists will be cited if their vehicle does not meet Colorado Traction Control Law requirements.
Where Can I Learn About the Current Status of Park Roads?
Where Can I Get More Information on Park Roads?
I'm Driving from Grand Lake to Estes Park, Can I Drive Over Trail Ridge Road?
Trail Ridge Road is a high-alpine mountain road. During the winter season, motorists cannot drive over the top of Trail Ridge Road. Rocky Mountain National Park is open year-round on both the east and west side of the park.
How Can I Find Information on Roads Outside the Park?
Visit the Colorado Department of Transportation for road conditions outside the park.
All About Trail Ridge Road
Trail Ridge Road Recorded Status Line: 970 586-1222
Old Fall River Road
Last updated: May 4, 2022