Well this is certainly great news! Rocky Mountain National Park officials announced earlier today that 93% of the park is now open to the public. By Thursday afternoon gates will be opened on Bear Lake Road, Upper Beaver Meadows, Lumpy Ridge and Longs Peak Road. Trail Ridge Road opened earlier in the day after a second convoy of critical rock crusher equipment moved through the park from Grand County to Estes Park.
Fees at the entrances, campgrounds and backcountry will not be charged through the weekend.
Loop B and C of Moraine Park Campground are open for camping beginning Thursday evening. Water, toilets and the dump station are provided. Timber Creek Campground is open on the west side of the park in the Kawuneeche Valley, but the water is off and dump station is closed. Campgrounds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, and Kawuneeche Visitor Center are open daily. Alpine Visitor Center is open, weather and road permitting.
The backcountry is open throughout the park, with the above exceptions. Backcountry permits are available for trips on the west side of the park today and for the east side of the Continental Divide starting Friday. Backcountry conditions are changing daily so overnight users should check trail and site conditions on the park's website or through the Backcountry Office prior to planning trips.
Backcountry travelers will encounter different conditions than they have experienced in the past. Most of Rocky Mountain National Park is designated wilderness, where self-reliance and adventure are expected. Hikers should be prepared to take responsibility for their own actions; search and rescue may be delayed. Be prepared to stay overnight even if you are a day hiker. Hiking poles may be helpful on uneven trails. Route finding skills may be required. Carry a map and compass and other backcountry travel essentials. Expect missing foot bridges, uneven trail surfaces, unstable slopes, falling trees due to soil moisture, rutted trails, damaged water bars and steps, standing water, difficult water crossings, and missing directional signs. Be prepared; hike at your own risk.
The park website will continue to be updated as conditions change.
For the most up-to-date park information call the park's Information Office at 970-586-1206 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily. For a recorded message on Trail Ridge Road status call 970-586-1222, 24-hours a day.
For detailed hiking information for many of the trails in the park, please click here