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Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park closes to through travel for season

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Posted at 5:07 PM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 19:07:32-05

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. — Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park officially closed to through travel for the season, according to park officials.

The road is closed between the Colorado River Trailhead and Grand Lake Entrance to all uses. Trail Ridge Road remains open to Many Parks Curve on the east side of the park and to the Grand Lake Entrance on the west side of the park, due to safety issues related to the East Troublesome Fire impacts along that lower western portion of Trail Ridge Road.

The road was not designed to be an all season road, with 11 miles above 11,500 feet, few guardrails and no shoulders and winter conditions occurring often above 10,000 feet.

Old Fall River Road has also closed for the season. Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road will remain open to bicycles and leashed pets through Nov. 30. On Dec. 1, both of these roads will revert to "winter trail status," which means only pedestrians are permitted.

Trail Ridge Road normally opens the last week in May, weather permitting. This year, it opened on June 4.