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Grand County " Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park closed for winter

Tonya Bina
tbina@grandcountynews.com
Grand County, Colorado

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News

The road that leads travelers through Rocky Mountain National Park from one side of the Continental Divide to the other officially closed for the season Thursday.

“After recent snowfall accumulation at high elevations in the park, with the accompanying wind and ice, as well as the forecast for periodic storms at high elevations, we have decided to officially close Trail Ridge Road for the season,” said Rocky Mountain National Park Superintendent Vaughn Baker. “The snow continues to blow and drift at higher elevations, making snow clearing operations extremely hazardous.”

During the winter season, the Park plans to keep Trail Ridge Road open up to the Colorado River Trailhead on the west side.

Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous road in America that reaches an elevation of 12,183 feet, connects the Estes Park Valley on the east and Grand Lake on the west.

Since 1932, the average winter closure date of Trail Ridge Road has been Oct. 23. The latest the road closed in the last eight years was Nov. 22 in 1999.

The central portion of Trail Ridge Road normally opens the last week in May, weather permitting.

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The Park’s Old Fall River Road, the unpaved road built between 1913 and 1920 that follows the steep slope of Mount Chapin, officially closed for the season on Oct. 20.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail tbina@grandcountynews.com.

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