Trail Ridge Road visitor center definitely not ready for visitors due to snow

Photo provided by Rocky Mountain National Park.

The back of the Trail Ridge Store in Rocky Mountain National Park, elevation 11,796 feet, as seen on Wednesday.

Memorial Day is only 10 days away, but there’s still tons of snow high in Rocky Mountain National Park and significant snowfall is forecast there for this weekend and early next week.

Snowplow crews working to clear Trail Ridge Road reached the Alpine Center and Trail Ridge Store at an elevation of 11,796 feet on Wednesday. Park officials said it is too early to say whether the road will be open for vehicular traffic in time for Memorial Day.

Trial Ridge is a popular tourist destination, the highest continuous paved road in the U.S., with a high point of 12,183 feet above sea level.

It takes drivers between the Estes Park side of the park and the Grand Lake side, crossing the Continental Divide at Milner Pass on the west side. Snowdrifts of 20 feet or more are common on Trail Ridge, and this has been an above-average year for snowfall, complicating the process.

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