We were able to go in 16 miles because Trail was closed with snow. We saw an immense amount of things during our short trip. Besides mountains and rivers, we saw plenty of critters. Moose, marmot, elk, chipmonks and a ton of birds. We will...More
Trail Ridge Road is always scheduled to open as a through road between Estes Park and Grand Lake on the Friday before Memorial Day weather permitting. That would be May 26 this year. However, RMNP had a late spring... More
Trail Ridge Road is always scheduled to open as a through road between Estes Park and Grand Lake on the Friday before Memorial Day weather permitting. That would be May 26 this year. However, RMNP had a late spring snowstorm May 18 and 19 that dropped close to 4 feet of snow in parts of the park. Before that snowstorm, Trail Ridge Road was completely plowed but not yet open. Wind along Trail Ridge Road can turn 4 feet of snow into snowdrifts of more than 20 feet. The weather forecast for the upper elevations of Trail Ridge Road does not look promising for an on time opening this year. Warmer and drier weather is predicted for after Memorial Day. Hopefully, the park will be able to open Trail Ridge Road entirely next week. Trail Ridge Road is partially open now. Rangers don't make predictions about the opening of Trail Ridge Road. They rarely give more than 24 hours notice if they give any notice at all before they officially open the road for the season. The rangers do usually announce a day ahead of time if Trail Ridge Road is not going to open on the designated Friday each year. The 24 hour Trail Ridge Road status line is 970-586-1222. Here are the previous opening dates of Trail Ridge Road in recent years. May 25, 2007, May 23, 2008, May 21, 2009, May 28, 2010, June 6, 2011, May 14, 2012, May 24, 2013, May 23, 2014, May 29, 2015, May 28, 2016.