15 inches of snow forecast as Mountain Pass in Rocky Mountain National Park closes a day after it reopens


More than a foot of snow is forecast for Rocky Mountain National Park on Sunday, a day after Trail Ridge Road fully reopens for the season. The mountain pass closed on Sunday for bad weather conditions.

Trail Ridge Road closed around noon Sunday at Rainbow Curve on the east side and at the Colorado River trailhead on the west side. For future updates, visitors can call the Trail Ridge Road state line at 970-586-1222.

The Iconic Mountain Pass is the highest continuous paved road in the United States, connecting Grand Lake and Estes Park through Rocky Mountain National Park. The maximum elevation of Trail Ridge Road is 12,183 feet as the road winds through the Colorado stretch of the Continental Divide.

REMINDER: Visitors entering Rocky Mountain National Park between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. must have a timed entry permit to enter the park.

The eastern area of ​​the national park has an expected high temperature of 44 degrees on Sunday, with 15 inches of snow expected. Early Sunday, the east side of the park had wet road conditions.

Trail Ridge Road historically opens on Memorial Day weekend. However, in 2020 the road opened on June 3 due to a snowstorm in late May. The first opening of the road was on May 7, 2002 and the last reopening was on June 26, 1943.

Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented a temporary entry permit reservation system starting May 28, 2021. Park staff are managing a significant increase in visits to public lands in Colorado, including Colorado State Park. Rocky Mountain, along with ongoing concerns over COVID-19, ongoing park Seasonal staff shared housing issues and the residual impacts of fires in some areas of the park due to historic fires in 2020, the agency said .

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Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two hours of availability. The reservation system will apply to all areas of the park. To learn more, visit https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/timed-entry-permit-system.htm

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