Through traffic via Trail Ridge Road closes for the season; popular areas like Bear Lake remain open |

Through traffic via Trail Ridge Road closes for the season; popular areas like Bear Lake remain open

Grand Lake, Shadow Mountain Lake and Lake Granby are pictured July 16. This area of Grand County includes public land access and dispersed camping options through the Arapahoe National Forest.
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Monday, Oct. 24, Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park officially closed for the season to through travel. Many popular driving destinations, including Bear Lake Road, Moraine Park, Horseshoe Park and the section of Trail Ridge Road along the Kawuneeche Valley, are all open.   

Trail Ridge Road is not designed to be an all-season road, with 11 miles above 11,500 feet, few guard rails and no shoulders. Winter conditions of drifting snow, high winds and below-freezing temperatures occur above 10,000 feet. Trail Ridge Road is currently closed at Many Parks Curve on the east side and Colorado River Trailhead on the west side. Closure points on the road may fluctuate this fall; however the road is closed to through travel for the season.   

Trail Ridge Road normally opens the last week in May, weather permitting. This year, Trail Ridge Road opened on May 27. 

Old Fall River Road closed for the season to vehicles on Oct. 3. Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road will remain open to bicycles and leashed pets through Nov. 30. Leashed pets and bicycles are only allowed on the road, not on side trails. On Dec. 1, both of these roads will revert to “winter trail status,” which means that bicycles and leashed pets are no longer permitted beyond the closed gates but pedestrians, snowshoers and skiers are.   

For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park, please visit or call the park’s Information Office at 970-586-1206.

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