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Officials Close Trail Ridge Road For The Season

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Trail Ridge Road on Oct. 18, 2013. A parker ranger took this photo after accessing the Medicine Bow area on skis. (credit: Rocky Mountain National Park)

Trail Ridge Road on Oct. 18, 2013. A parker ranger took this photo after accessing the Medicine Bow area on skis. (credit: Rocky Mountain National Park)

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (CBS4) – Officials with Rocky Mountain National Park have closed Trail Ridge Road for the season.

There has been significant snowfall in the higher elevations of the park in recent weeks, and the drifts were 6 to 8 feet deep a few days ago on one stretch of the road.

Trail Ridge Road is the country’s highest continuous paved road. It runs through the national park from Estes Park to Grand Lake and reaches an elevation of 12,183 feet. It closes annually in late October or early November and usually reopens before Memorial Day.

The national park remains open for fall and winter activity.

“The snow will continue to blow and drift at higher elevations, making snow clearing operations and driving conditions extremely hazardous,” park superintendent Vaughn Baker wrote in a statement.

LINK: nps.gov/romo

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