First closed due to the Cameron Peak wildfire, Rocky Mountain National Park's Trail Ridge Road remained closed on Thursday despite a drop in fire activity due to six-foot snowdrifts along the route.
According to Rocky Mountain National Park representative Kyle Patterson, snowplow operators have been working to clear the road. It has been closed from Rainbow Curve on the Estes Park side of the park to Colorado River Trailhead on the Grand Lake side.
The snowdrifts were the result of a September snowstorm that moved through the area, dropping close to 20 inches in some parts of the state. The area of the Cameron Peak Fire, which is burning 102,596 acres (7,050 of which are in the park), got up to 14 inches.
In the most recent press release on the matter, it was unclear when the road would reopen. It's also possible that increasing fire activity due to warmer temperatures over the weekend may result in a continued fire closure on the road after the snow is cleared.
Trail Ridge road is the highest continuous highway in the country, reaching an elevation of 12,183 feet. It's known as one of the main attractions of Rocky Mountain National Park, allowing visitors easily access high-altitude tundra terrain.
The road typically closes in late October due to snow, reopening in May or June depending on weather.
Initially, the #RMNP closure of Trail Ridge Road was put in place Sun due to safety concerns tied to the potential of heavy smoke + low visibility on this high elevation road. The closure remains in place due to 5-6 foot drifts on the road from the recent winter snowstorm. ks— RockyNPS (@RockyNPS) September 10, 2020