Following Rocky Mountain National Park's full closure on October 22 amid the growing East Troublesome Fire, many have wondered when the popular Colorado destination will again open to visitors. According to an October 30 press release from park officials, it might not fully reopen anytime soon.
The Friday afternoon press release indicated that the park remains closed to the public despite the calming of recent wildfires in the area. The release also stated that no estimated reopening date is available at this time. However, when the park is reopened, authorities did note that it will only partially reopen for a period of time, with some areas set to remain closed based on safety and fire risks.
As the East Troublesome Fire rolled through the park last week, it crossed over the Continental Divide and the iconic Trail Ridge Road. While details on specific damages in the area weren't released, some structures were impacted and nearly 29,000 acres of the park were torched, including acreage burnt by both the East Troublesome Fire on the western side of the park and near Estes Park and the Cameron Peak Fire, which damaged a northern portion of the park. This is the most extensive fire damage that has occurred in the park since it was established 105 years ago.
Both the East Troublesome Fire and the Cameron Peak Fire were calmed by recent snowfall, though potential remains for either blaze to flare or expand in upcoming days with warmer, dry, and windy weather ahead.
Rocky Mountain National Park is located northwest of Denver near Estes Park, spanning 265,461 acres.