Rocky Mountain National Park’s Trail Ridge Road closed for the season

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A snowplow on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park on June 22, 2019. (Offered by Rocky Mountain National Park)

Trail Ridge Road, the scenic drive by way of Rocky Mountain National Park, officially closed for the season Thursday.

The higher-elevation road has temporarily closed several instances this season as fall snowstorms dumped many inches on the park. The road will nevertheless be open to Lots of Parks Curve on the east side and Colorado River Trailhead on the west side, according to the park.

Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in the nation, topping out at 12,183 feet, according to the park’s web site. It is usually 20 to 30 degrees colder than Estes Park. As of 7 a.m. Thursday morning, four.six inches had fallen in Estes Park even though only three.five inches had fallen in Denver.

The road usually opens about Memorial Day weekend in Might and closes about Indigenous People’s Day (formerly Columbus Day) in October.

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