Trail Ridge Road closes for season |

Trail Ridge Road closes for season

Sky-Hi News staff report
Over six inches of snow fell in higher elevations in the park on Oct. 10. Trail Ridge Road officially closed for the season Oct. 24.
Courtesy Rocky Mountain National Park

Trail Ridge Road officially closed for the season Thursday.

Popular destinations including Bear Lake Road, Moraine Park, Horseshoe Park and the section of Trail Ridge Road along the Kawuneeche Valley remain open, according to a release from Rocky Mountain National Park.

The release said that with 11 miles of the road above 11,500 feet, limited guardrails and no shoulder, winter conditions require this road to close seasonally. Weather permitting, the road will remain open to Many Parks Curve on the east side and the Colorado River Trailhead on the west side.

The road typically reopens the last week in May, but this year it was not until June 5 because of multiple May snowstorms.

Old Fall River Road closed for the season Oct. 7. Both Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River road will remain open to bicycles and leashed pets until Dec. 1 to reopen April 1, except during road maintenance and emergency closures.

According to the release, cyclists and pet owners may utilize the roads at their own risk. After Dec. 1, the roads will revert to “winter trail status,” meaning bicycles and pets will no longer be permitted, but pedestrians can continue to use the trails.

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