2:29pm

Thu September 26, 2013
Colorado Flood

Rocky Mountain National Park Now Open For Business

After repairing damage to roads, Rocky Mountain National Park officials say the most popular corridors are now open.

Places on the east side of the park opened Thursday including Trail Ridge Road, Bear Lake Road, Upper Beaver Meadows, Lumpy Ridge and Longs Peak Road. 

Credit RMNP

While trailheads are accessible, Information Officer Larry Fredrick warns hikers that some backcountry trails were damaged by heavy rain.

“Conditions are going to be extremely variable depending on where they’re at,” he said. “They’re going to have to be prepared for difficult hiking. It’s not going to be quite the leisurely stroll that it has been on some of those trails in the past.”

Frederick says there are deep trail ruts, eroded water bars, and foot bridges that are missing. In some places, signs have been washed away.

Visitors will also need to prepare themselves for longer drive times to the Park. Frederick says due to damage along Highways 34 and 36, officials are recommending visitors take I-70 to the Peak to Peak Highway.

There are some areas that remained closed including the area near the Wild Basin Entrance Center. Visitors should check the park’s website for updates.