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Trail Ridge Road
To Open on May 28, 2010 for the Season

Friday May 28, 2010 — Trail Ridge Road will officially open for the season to through travel. Old Fall River Road will officially open for the season on July 2, 2010. Since Sunday, October 4, 2009 Trail Ridge Road has been closed due to consistent winter conditions of drifting snow, high winds and below freezing temperatures above 10,000 feet. Trail Ridge Road, one of the most impressive alpine highways in the United States, is the highest continuous road in America and reaches an elevation of 12,183 feet. The road connects the park’s gateway communities of Estes Park on the east and Grand Lake on the west. The road is currently closed at Colorado River Trailhead on the west side and Many Parks Curve on the east side.

TripAdvisor names Rocky Mountain National Park the #2 Outdoor & Adventure Destinations in the World Trip Advisor Names Rocky #2 Outdoor & Adventure destination in the World


Free Shuttle Bus into Rocky   [PARK PASS REQUIRED!]
Daily bus service into Rocky Mountain National Park is available from June 27, 2009 to September 7, 2009 and weekends until the end of September, 2009. There are two more routes to help you once you are in the Park for Moraine Park and Glacier Basin (Bear Lake). Sorry, there are no bus routes for Trail Ridge Road or Horseshoe Park. Perhaps next year.

Zoomable Rocky Map:
Zoom in/out on the Park Map for a very detailed view.

Opening Day on Fall River Road (July 3, 2009) — Images

Trip Report and Images From late June, 2009 —
Old Fall River Road and Trail Ridge Road

Trip Report and Images From early June, 2009 — Sheep and Elk

Trail Ridge Road to Open on Friday - May 22, 2009
(Click here for a Preview)

Sheep Lakes at Sunrise & Sheep
May 15-17, 2009

View Spring 2009 Photos ( April 19, 2009 )

View Spring 2009 Photos ( March 27, 2009 and April 4, 2009 )

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New Trail Ridge Road Status Phone Number
(970) 586-1222

Dial (970) 586-1222 for a recorded message on the status of Trail Ridge Road. You may not know that our mountain make their own weather, so it is not uncommon to have snow in July or August at the top of Trail Ridge Road. It can be slippery and add a 20 mph wind, and you can have a white out. Such weather will only last for a few hours to a day, but if you are planning to cross over Trail Ridge Road, weather may hamper your travel. You also may find the road closed due to weather in early June and September/October due to weather.

Mountain Pine Beetle

Mountain pine beetle (MPB), Dendroctonus ponderosae, is native to the forests of western North America. Periodic outbreaks of the insect, previously called the Black Hills beetle or Rocky Mountain pine beetle, can result in losses of millions of trees. Outbreaks develop irrespective of property lines, being equally evident in wilderness areas, mountain subdivisions and back yards. Even windbreak or landscape pines many miles from the mountains can succumb to beetles imported in infested firewood. More Info...

Featured Animal: Bobcat


The bobcat is one of the 5 predators in Rocky Mountain National Park. About 1.5 to 2 times the size of a large house cat, it is a constant hunter. It has little fear of humans and can be found throughout Rocky and the town of Estes Park. Note the large tufted ears.

The other predators are bear, coyote, mountain lion (puma) and fox.


Fall River Band

Winter Above Timberline

Bear Lake — A perfect picture!

Trail Ridge Road Is Open Weather Permitting

On Thursday, May 21, 2009, Trail Ridge Road officially opened for the 2009 season. The road will remain open 24/7 weather permitting until October, 2009 or close by a major snow storm.

Fall River Road is Open

Fall River Road opened on (July2, 2009. It will remain open until the end of October or closed by bad weather (snow).

and other Park Publications:
(Standard information packet contains "Trip Planner", information on pets (Rover is not allowed on trails or in the back country), "Parks in Jeopardy" brochure, "Rocky Mountain Seminars" flyer and a current copy of the "High Country Headlines Newspaper".)

To obtain an informational packet or other Park publications, contact the Information Office:

Phone 970-586-1206
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
(Mountain Time) 7 days a week
TTY/TDD 970/586-1319
Other Phones Visitor Information Recorded Message - 970-586-1333
Backcountry - 970-586-1242
Campground Reservations - 800-365-2267
Fax - 970-586-1256
US Mail Information Office
Estes Park, CO 80517
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