Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park will open Monday, May 14, weather permitting, according to Park officials.
Road conditions will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis. The Alpine Visitor Center and the Trail Ridge Store will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians due to heavy snow removal equipment working in the parking area. Restrooms will be open at Rock Cut and Milner Pass.
Trail Ridge Road historically opens on Memorial Day weekend; last year, due to historic snow accumulation, the road opened on June 6.
This year's opening will be the third earliest day that Trail Ridge Road has opened since the road was completed in 1932. The earliest day was May 7, 2002. In 1963, the road opened on May 11.
Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in the United States, climbing to 12,183 feet and connecting the towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake.
Because weather conditions may change rapidly, particularly in spring and fall, park visitors should be prepared to adjust travel plans accordingly and are encouraged to call the park's Trail Ridge Road recorded phone line at (970) 586-1222. When the road status changes, park staff will update the recorded line during and after regular office hours.
For further information about Rocky Mountain National Park call the park's Information Office at 970-586-1206 or check the park's website, www.nps.gov/romo.