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There’s action on Trail Ridge Road

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Trail Ridge Road, which reaches elevations above 12,000 feet as it crosses through Rocky Mountain National Park, traditionally opens on Memorial Day Weekend. But in the mountains Nature always has the last word, and although the road crews are hard at work, a late storm with high winds could easily close the freshly plowed road. I’ve yet to see a definite opening date for this year, but obviously the heavy equipment has reached the Alpine Visitor Center. This screenshot from earlier today shows a backhoe clearing the walkway and deck at the back of the Visitor Center — a good sign. But best to check road conditions before starting a drive over Trail Ridge: 970-586-1222

Update May 23: The Park Service confirmed this morning that Trail Ridge Road is on track to open Friday, May 25.

Update May 25: Trail Ridge Road opened for the season yesterday, one day ahead of schedule.

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