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Snowfall, Government Shutdown Continues to Limit Rocky Mountain National Park Road Access

December 25, 2018
Longmont Times-Call
Longmont Times-Call

Rocky Mountain National Park officials on Monday said areas of the park above 8,000 feet are closed to cars as road conditions and the federal government shutdown continues to limit staff resources.

“Due to road conditions from snowfall Saturday and blowing and drifting snow and ice combined with the inability to snowplow, sand or otherwise maintain the roads,” park officials in a news release said the roads beyond the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center on U.S. 36, past the Fall River Entrance on U.S. 34 and the Wild Basin Entrance on the Wild Basin Road and at the Grand Lake Entrance, are all closed.

“It is uncertain whether these roads will reopen until after the shutdown,” RMNP Public Information Office Kyle Patterson said in a statement.

She added that as the shutdown continues to limit departments, services such as snow plowing, entrance stations, visitor centers and some restroom facilities will remain out of operation.

The park’s provisionary functions also is limiting emergency services and “any entry to the park during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor’s sole risk,” Patterson said.

Depending on conditions, more roads or areas in the park could close during the shutdown.

Fall River Visitor Center, situated outside the park on U.S. 34, will remain open through Dec. 30, excluding Christmas Day, officials say.

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