Great news this morning on the Rocky Mountain National Park website. Two routes into Estes Park are now open to all traffic: (1) Trail Ridge Road, weather permitting, and (2) the Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway from Black Hawk / Central City. Closed indefinitely are Hwy 72 through Coal Creek Canyon, Hwy 119 from Boulder to Nederland, Lefthand Canyon from Boulder to Ward, Hwy 7 from Lyons to Riverside, Hwy 36 from Lyons to Estes Park, and Hwy 34 from Loveland to Estes Park.
On September 18 at 10:00 a.m., Rocky Mountain National Park will begin to incrementally reopen. As conditions improve, additional road, trails and facilities will open. The following is a summary of the current situation:
Trail Ridge Road is open to both east and west bound visitor traffic. Since Highway 7 to Highway 72 to Hwy 119 is now open to all traffic, commercial traffic is once again prohibited on Trail Ridge Road. The town of Estes Park is once again open and welcoming visitors.Entrance stations at Grand Lake, Fall River, and Beaver Meadows will all be open. No entrance fees will be charged at this time. Kawuneeche, Alpine, and Beaver Meadows Visitor Centers will be open. Fall River Visitor Center is closed for the winter.
On the west side of the park, the majority of trails are open for day use only. Please check trailhead signs for more information. Longer trails that cross the Continental Divide are open only to the Divide as trail travel to the east side is still closed. All trails on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park remain closed. As weather conditions improve, trails will be assessed for damage and slope stability. Of special note: Longs Peak, Wild Basin, Lily Lake, Lumpy Ridge, McGraw Ranch/Cow Creek, and their associated trails are CLOSED. Please help us focus on our recovery efforts by honoring these trail closures. And, remember – large landslides have occurred because of the rain saturated soils.
All of Bear Lake Road is closed.
Upper Beaver Meadows Road remains closed.
The Fall River Road is open. Old Fall River Road is closed.
The Intermountain Incident Management Team and the staff of Rocky Mountain National Park would like to thank you for your support and patience as we continue to assess park conditions.
For Rocky Mountain National Park information, call the park’s Information Office at 970-586-1206.
The Visit Estes Park Facebook page confirmed 3 hours ago:
Highway 7 is now open without restrictions! Please try to limit traffic as much as possible to allow crews to work on repairs.
The official Town of Estes Park Facebook page concurs.
For current road closures and conditions:
Estes Park. Mountain strong. Welcome back!