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Grand Lake sign on I70 directs visitors

Tonya Bina
Grand Lake CO Colorado

GRAND LAKE – For what is believed to be the first time, the town of Grand Lake has sign presence on Interstate 70.

Underneath the brown Rocky Mountain National Park sign for Exit 232 is a nod to Grand Lake, noting it shares the same exit as the nationally known wilderness attraction.

It has been a goal of Grand Lake Mayor Judy Burke for a few years, she said. Where Winter Park and Granby are referenced on Colorado’s busiest mountain corridor, Grand Lake was not.

Park officials have long agreed to sharing signs with the gateway town, she said, but the mayor had to press her case with Colorado Department of Transportation officials for the actual signs.

Soon, Grand Lake will also be mentioned on Rocky Mountain National Park signs near the corner of Highways 40 and 34, Burke said. CDOT will be replacing a faded “Rocky Mountain National Park 16 Miles” sign in the spring. The new sign may have “Trail Ridge Open” or “Trail Ridge Closed” on it, depending on the season. According to Burke, an addition to the sign could read “Grand Lake open.”

“A lot of times people will see Trail Ridge closed, and they don’t even think that Grand Lake is open,” Burke said. “It’s little steps, but we’re moving forward.”

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