RMNP Shutdown Info

Due to the shutdown, Park staff is very limited. Please remember to Leave No Trace.

Winter in Estes Park leads to some unpredictable conditions - but that's all part of the fun. Unfortunately, during the government shutdown, Rocky Mountain National Park is unable to plow the roads. This can lead to some closures and gated off sections of the park, even though the park isn't closed. If you're feeling extra hardy, you can have the park nearly to yourself, parking near the gates and hiking, snowshoeing, or skinning in! Look below for updates.

Looking for something else to do in Estes? Stroll downtown, popping into shops and restaurants. Or, take to the lake, Lake Estes that is, with just over a 3.5-mile (plowed) loop, and breathtaking.

Updates from RMNP

1/27/19

The shutdown is over! From RMNP: "Park operations resume, and we will continue to provide visitor services. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center (on the east side) and Kawuneeche Visitor Center (on the west side) are open and staffed according to their winter schedule. The entrance gates are staffed as well. 

Trail Ridge Road is open to Many Parks Curve on the east, and to the Colorado River Trailhead on the west side; but closed in winter to through travel. Bear Lake Road is open! All roads are in winter driving conditions, with snow and ice on the upper sections of the roads. Trails are snow covered, and winter gear is needed if you are headed out for a hike. "

1/15/19

Bear Lake Parking LotThis photo was taken of the Bear Lake Trailhead Parking Lot on the morning of 1-15-19.

Bear Lake Road has been opened all the way to the Bear Lake Trailhead. It is still snow-covered in places, but has been sanded and plowed.

1/14/19

Car entering during shutdown

Photo taken from the Beaver Meadows Entrance on the morning of 1/15/19.

Rocky Mountain National Park announced today that areas that have been closed due to the inability to plow and maintain roads, will once again be accessible to visitors. On Saturday, January 12, a limited number of park staff began snowplowing US 36 past the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and US 34 past the Fall River Entrance. This morning, US Highways 36 and 34 were reopened to Deer Ridge Junction. Trail Ridge Road beyond Deer Ridge Junction to Many Parks Curve has also reopened. US Highway 34 on the west side is now open to the Colorado River Trailhead. Snowplows are working today on Bear Lake Road and it is anticipated that it will reopen sometime tomorrow.  

Also this past Saturday, a limited number of custodians began cleaning toilet facilities and trash receptacles. Some basic visitor services, including entrance stations and two out of five loops at the Moraine Park Campground, will also reopen later this week. Entrance stations will be open to provide safety and basic information to visitors, but entrance fees will not be collected.

These basic services are being funded with revenue generated by recreation fees. National Park Service officials have determined that by using Federal Land and Recreation Enhancement funds to bring back limited park maintenance staff to plow roads, clean restrooms, and remove trash, the park can restore accessibility to the park for visitors.

Outdoor areas of the park remain accessible. Most facilities, including Beaver Meadows Visitor Center on the east side and Kawuneeche Visitor Center on the west side will remain closed.  “We greatly appreciate Rocky Mountain Conservancy’s efforts to staff the Fall River Visitor Center during the lapse in appropriations,” said park superintendent Darla Sidles. Fall River Visitor Center is located outside of the park near the Fall River Entrance. 

While basic visitor services have been restored, other services will be limited or unavailable during the lapse in appropriations, including visitor centers, ranger talks and programs.  Visitors are reminded that all rules and regulations still apply. Visitors should visit the park website at nps.gov/romo while planning their visit to get the latest information on accessibility and available services.

12/28/18

Rocky Mountain National Park will have limited road access by vehicle but will remain accessible to pedestrians and bicycles during the lapse in federal appropriations. Gates are again open past the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center on US 36 and past the Fall River Entrance on US 34. Bear Lake Road and US 34 past Deer Ridge Junction are still closed to vehicles.

Due to road conditions from recent snowfall and blowing and drifting snow and ice combined with the inability to snowplow, sand or otherwise maintain the roads, gates are still closed past the Wild Basin Entrance on the Wild Basin Road and at the Grand Lake Entrance on US 34. Sections of roads are above 8,000 feet in elevation and are closed to vehicular traffic. Vehicles may not move barriers or travel off road to pass closed gates. It is uncertain whether these roads will reopen until after the shutdown. Limited road areas in other areas of the park remain open to vehicle travel.

Park visitors are advised to use extreme caution if choosing to enter the park on foot, bicycle or in limited legal areas via vehicles, as park personnel will not be available to provide guidance or assistance. Emergency services will be limited. Any entry to the park during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor’s sole risk. All rules and regulations still apply.

No visitor services will be provided. Services that require staffing and maintenance, such as snow plowing, entrance stations, the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, the Kawuneeche Visitor Center, Moraine Park Campground, and some restroom facilities will not be operating. Roads that are already open will remain open, weather and road conditions permitting. Park staff will not issue permits, conduct educational programs, collect trash, maintain restrooms, maintain roads or walkways in the event of snow or ice, or provide visitor information. Fall River Visitor Center, located outside the park on US 34, is open through December 30.

Additional roads or areas in Rocky Mountain National Park may be closed during the government shutdown if conditions warrant.

12/24/18

Bear Lake Road 12/24/18 Shutdown

Photo is of Bear Lake Road today, Monday, December 24. Courtesy RMNP.

Rocky Mountain National Park will have limited road access by vehicle but will remain accessible to pedestrians and bicycles during the lapse in federal appropriations. Due to road conditions from snowfall Saturday and blowing and drifting snow and ice combined with the inability to snowplow, sand or otherwise maintain the roads, gates are closed past the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center on US 36, past the Fall River Entrance on US 34, past the Wild Basin Entrance on the Wild Basin Road and at the Grand Lake Entrance on US 34.  All of these sections of roads are above 8,000 feet in elevation and are closed to vehicular traffic. Vehicles may not move barriers or travel off road to pass closed gates.  It is uncertain whether these roads will reopen until after the shutdown.  Limited road areas in other areas of the park remain open to vehicle travel.

Park visitors are advised to use extreme caution if choosing to enter the park on foot, bicycle or in limited legal areas via vehicles, as park personnel will not be available to provide guidance or assistance. Emergency services will be limited. Any entry to the park during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor’s sole risk. All rules and regulations still apply.

No visitor services will be provided. Services that require staffing and maintenance, such as snow plowing, entrance stations, the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, the Kawuneeche Visitor Center, Moraine Park Campground, and some restroom facilities will not be operating. Roads that are already open will remain open, weather and road conditions permitting. Park staff will not issue permits, conduct educational programs, collect trash, maintain restrooms, maintain roads or walkways in the event of snow or ice, or provide visitor information.   Fall River Visitor Center, located outside the park on US 34, is open through December 30, excluding December 25.

Additional roads or areas in Rocky Mountain National Park may be closed during the government shutdown if conditions warrant.  

12/23/18

It appears that there may be confusion from a local media outlet stating that RMNP is closed despite saying it would remain open.  

Rocky Mountain National Park is not closed.  Due to road conditions from snowfall Saturday and blowing and drifting snow and ice - the main entrance gates were closed last night past Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and near the Fall River Entrance.  The gate near the Grand Lake Entrance, on the west side of the park, was closed Saturday morning due to road conditions.

Unfortunately, we are unable to plow or maintain the roads during the shutdown, as we would normally do this time of year, as mentioned in our statement below that was distributed on Saturday morning.  We had to close the roads for safety reasons.  All of these roads are above 8,000 feet in elevation.  Due to the upcoming weather forecast for higher elevations,  it is uncertain whether these roads will reopen until after the shutdown.  People can still access those parts of the park on foot.  

As mentioned as well in our statement yesterday .... during a federal shutdown we are unable to provide visitor services such as updated signs, posting information on our social media or our website.

Thank you for your understanding.  

 

12/22/18

Rocky Mountain National Park will be accessible to the public during the lapse in federal appropriations.  However, Rocky Mountain National Park staff will be unable to fully staff park properties.  Park visitors are advised to use extreme caution if choosing to enter the park, as park personnel will not be available to provide guidance or assistance. Emergency services will be limited. Any entry to the park during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor’s sole risk. All rules and regulations still apply.

No visitor services will be provided. Services that require staffing and maintenance, such as entrance stations, the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, the Kawuneeche Visitor Center, Moraine Park Campground, and some restroom facilities will not be operating.  Roads that are already open will remain open, weather and road conditions permitting.  Park staff will not issue permits, conduct educational programs, collect trash, maintain restrooms, maintain roads or walkways in the event of snow or ice, or provide visitor information. No overnight parking or camping allowed.

Roads or areas in Rocky Mountain National Park may be closed during the government shutdown if conditions warrant.  If that does occur, we will be unable to update that information via email or on the park's website or through social media.