Staff continue to examine the condition of facilities and trails within Rocky Mountain National Park to determine which areas can be reopened following this month’s flooding.
Debris is being removed and facilities are being cleaned where needed. A facilities management team is assessing the scope and scale of the flood damage and risk to park facilities, roads, and infrastructure as an initial step in determining long-term repair and rehabilitation needs.
Here is a breakdown of what’s open and how to access the park:
Those wishing to access the park from the east should leave Interstate 70 at Exit 243, follow State Highway 119 north from the Blackhawk area to Nederland. Then follow State Highway 72 to Highway 7. Follow Highway 7 north to Estes Park.
Those coming from the west should take Highway 34 north from Granby to Grand Lake, where they can enter the park via Trail Ridge Road. The Alpine Visitor Center, located at 11,796 feet, is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All trails on the west side of the park, including the Milner Pass, Mount Ida, and Ute West trails, are open for day use only. Timber Creek Campground is open, and, for now, no camping fee will be charged.
Trail Ridge Road is open to both east and westbound visitor traffic and the communities of Grand Lake and Estes Park are open and welcoming visitors. Because weather conditions may change rapidly, particularly in spring and fall, park visitors are being advised to be prepared to adjust travel plans and are encouraged to call the park's Trail Ridge Road recorded status line at 970-586-1222. Commercial traffic is once again prohibited on Trail Ridge Road.
The Alpine Ridge Trail, Tundra Communities Trail, Alpine View Trail, and Hidden Valley Accessible Trail along Trail Ridge Road are open. All other trails on the east side of the park are currently closed.
For more images of the flood’s impacts on the park, click on the “More Information” link below.
For Rocky Mountain National Park information, call the park’s information office at 970-586-1206.