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A close-up view of the Alluvial Fan. NPS Photo / Ann Schnolau VIP

Rocky Mountain National Park will temporarily shut down one of its popular hiking areas for nearly two months in order to make needed repairs.

Rocky Mountain National Park will be closing the Alluvial Fan area from Monday, July 27 through Thursday, September 24. The closure, which includes weekends, is necessary so that crews can rebuild the trail using significant grading and rock wall work.

Limited parking is expected on the west side of the area due to materials and equipment staging. The east side parking area will remain closed during this time.

An exclosure fence project scheduled for September will further decrease parking availability on the west side parking area, according to the release.

The Alluvial Fan was created as a result of the 1982 Lawn Lake Dam break and major flood. In 1985, an asphalt trail and pedestrian bridge were built in the Alluvial Fan area due to its increasing popularity. A major flood event in 2013 later destroyed the bridge and trail.

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Alluvial Fan Bridge on September 12, 2013, during major flooding event. Courtesy Rocky Mountain National Park

The project is being funded by $200,000 in federal funds as part of the Centennial Challenge program and is being matched by $200,000 from the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, the park’s nonprofit partner.

The release also mentions that roughly $125,000 of recreational fee funds will be used to fund the trail project.

Rocky Mountain National Park has over 300 miles of trails and is explored by more than 4.5 million visitors every year.

For more information, please visit nps.gov/romo or call the park’s information office at (970) 586-1206.

Editor's Note: Reservations are now required to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. A timed entry permit or camping reservation must be made for any private vehicle entering the park between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.

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