Rocky Mountain National Park plans to start its phased reopening Wednesday as other parts of Colorado, from restaurants to day camps, also prepare to reopen.
The park has shared guidelines so visitors will know which parts of the park will reopen and when.
And as state and local parks are inundated with visitors, sometimes with detrimental effects, RMNP gave its visitors a warning: Their actions will help determine if areas stay open or if they close again.
Starting May 27
- Basic park roads and trail access will reopen.
- Shuttle bus operations within the Bear Lake Road corridor will resume. Shuttles will be limited to 15 passengers, who must wear face coverings.
- The Hiker Shuttle from the Estes Park Visitor Center will not be running. It is unknown if it will reopen this year.
- Most outlying areas will reopen with the exception of the Wild Basin area.
- Trail Ridge Road will be open to Rainbow Curve on the east side and Colorado River Trailhead on the west side. The full road will open once weather conditions permit snowplows to completely clear the road.
- Fall River Road will open to bicyclists and pedestrians but not to cars.
- Wilderness camping permits will be issued again.
- Visitor centers will still be closed.
- Visitors can only purchase passes at entrance stations with credit cards. Cash will not be accepted.
- Visitors may be delayed entering or asked to come back later as staff monitors levels of visitation, crowding and congestion.
- Visitors should expect restricted vehicle access, especially in the Bear Lake Road corridor where parking areas fill easily.
Starting June 4th
- Moraine Park and Glacier Basin Campgrounds will partially reopen with roughly half the campsites available for reservations.
- Aspenglen, Timber Creek and Longs Peak campgrounds will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The park may re-evaluate later in the summer.
In the future (maybe)
- The park said it’s looking for approval to add a timed entry system that would allow visitors to plan ahead and would increase park access.
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