Damage Assessment at Rocky Mountain N.P.
Rocky Mountain National Park remained closed for a fifth day Tuesday (Sept. 17) as crews worked to assess the damage in the wake of last week’s torrential rain storms, National Parks Traveler reported.
While some problems arose during the storms — roads washed out, trails buried, campgrounds cut off — since the weekend other problems have surfaced, such as landslides caused by saturated soils.
According to the park’s Facebook page, “(T)here have been a number of large landslides due to saturated soils, and falling trees continue to be an ever-present hazard.”
Though the park was closed to recreational visitors, Trail Ridge Road that runs from Estes Park on the eastern side of the park to Grand Lake on the western side was being kept open for emergency and essential traffic needs.