As winter weather continues to hang on in Colorado, the late spring snowfall means that Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, CO will not open in time for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.
“Because of the added snow accumulations, gusty winds and below-freezing temperatures at the higher elevations, it is too soon to predict when the road would reopen for the season”, according to Kyle Patterson, spokesperson for Rocky Mountain National Park.
Ongoing snowplow operations in the park have been forced to extend over the last few days, as the recent snowfall added to the already several feet of snow from a particularly precipitous winter season.
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When Plow operators approached the top of Trail Ridge Road last week, they came across a buried Alpine Visitors Center and snow drifts in the park as deep as 18 to 22 feet.
Only once in the previous 20-years has the road opened as late as June, after the memorable winter of 2010/11 when the road was opened on June 6th.