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Trail Ridge Road opens on time

Trail Ridge Road opened today on schedule. It crosses Rocky Mountain National Park from Estes Park on the east side to Grand Lake on the west. Drivers are warmed that heavy melting during the day and refreezing at night will make the road treacherous at times. The Alpine Visitor Center is expected to open sometime next week, after it is dug out of the 20-ft drifts that cover it. Presumably the webcam there will come back on line at the same time.

Here were some of the scenes up there this week of the road clearing and the digging out of the Visitor Center (click for larger views):

More on Trail Ridge Road and the Alpine Visitor Center here.

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