Rocky Mountain National Park Crews Dealing With 22-Foot Drifts in Efforts to Open Trail Ridge Road, CO

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The highest paved road in the country. Credit: Kyle Patterson, RMNP

Rocky Mountain National Park’s snow plow operators are working extra hard to clear Trail Ridge Road in Colorado after a winter of steady snow, reports the Sky-Hi News.

The earliest Trail Ridge Road, at 12,183-feet the highest continuous paved road in the country, has ever opened was May 7, 2002. The latest it has ever opened was June 26, 1943.

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Credit: Kyle Patterson, RMNP

Crews started work in April but significant drifts up to 22-feet and snowpack at high elevations in the park, according to Rocky Mountain National Park spokesperson Kyle Patterson, mean the operations are ongoing.  Since March and April, the area has seen particularly heavy snowfall this year and more snow is predicted next week. It’s unclear at this time when Trail Ridge Road will reopen.

Crews begin at either side of the park and plow until they meet at the Alpine Visitor Center to clear the entire road.

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