Posted by the RMNP rangers today on Facebook and Twitter.
"Trail Ridge Road is scheduled to open, weather permitting, on May 24. It's a lot of work to open the road, with heavy equipment like this rotary plow. High point is 12,183 feet above sea level!"
"Asked to clarify: sequestration should not affect OPENING Trail Ridge Rd. It could affect plowing if storms come thru after it's open (which usually happens). There isn't funding for overtime, so it could take longer to reopen the road if it closes, or it could close a bit earlier if a storm is coming."