A snowplow on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park on June 22, 2019. (Provided by Rocky Mountain National Park)

Trail Ridge Road, the scenic drive through Rocky Mountain National Park, officially closed for the season Thursday.

The high-elevation road has temporarily closed multiple times this season as fall snowstorms dumped several inches on the park. The road will still be open to Many Parks Curve on the east side and Colorado River Trailhead on the west side, according to the park.

Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in the country, topping out at 12,183 feet, according to the park’s website. It is typically 20 to 30 degrees colder than Estes Park. As of 7 a.m. Thursday morning, 4.6 inches had fallen in Estes Park while only 3.5 inches had fallen in Denver.

The road typically opens around Memorial Day weekend in May and closes around Indigenous People’s Day (formerly Columbus Day) in October.

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