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Flooding in RMNP closes North Inlet parking area

Flooding from the Colorado River at the Holzwarth Historic Site inside Rocky Mountain National Park on June 12.
Rocky Mountain National Park/Courtesy Image

Update: 3:00 p.m.

Flooding on the Colorado River and Tonahutu Creek has impacted multiple areas on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, according to park spokesperson Jamie Richards.

The access roads for North Inlet, Bowen Gulch and Holzwarth Historic Site are currently closed. Although Holzwarth is closed past the access bridge, the parking area at the site remains open. The North Inlet Trail also remains open.

The East Inlet Trail, which provides access to Adams Falls, and the Colorado River Trail north of the Red Mountain/Colorado River Trail junction are closed. The Colorado River Trailhead parking area remain open, according to the RMNP Facebook.

RMNP closed these areas in the interest of public safety and has no expected time they will be lifted, according to Richards.

The Tonahutu Creek, which feeds into the north side of Grand Lake, experienced flooding Sunday. Rocky Mountain National Park tweeted that the flooding closed the North Inlet parking lot, which provides access to the North Inlet and Tonahutu Creek trails.

Rising waters also closed access to the Holzwarth Historic Site about eight miles north of Grand Lake. The RMNP twitter wrote that access was “closed at the bridge.”

The National Weather Service Boulder tweeted Friday and Sunday about snowmelt causing flooding along the Colorado River from RMNP to Grand Lake.

The NWS seven-day forecast for Granby features highs of 82 today, 66 Tuesday, 72 Wednesday, 84 Thursday, 85 Friday, 80 Saturday and 75 on Sunday. It also shows a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms today and a chance of showers and thunderstorms Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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