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Hi all, as the colors change in Colorado through this weekend until the 2nd week in October, I thought I would give one more update as to access to several areas along the Colorado front range and Rocky Mountain National Park. First, there is only one way in or out of the east side of RMNP, via Estes Park Rt 7. The road is in good conditions, but stay alert for rock slides. Trail Ridge Road is closed to through traffic to allow heavy equipment movement to flood damaged areas. Estes Park is open for your business as Elk season has begun. To get to the east side of RMNP, you will have access via I-70 or Golden Gate Canyon (Golden, CO) to get to Rt 7. Most of the canyon roads have been wiped out or severely damaged. However, due to operations 24/7 and massive efforts in both the private and public sector construction operations, Boulder Canyon (Rt 119) is expected to be open in October, Rt 36 by Dec 1, Rt 34 Dec 1 as well as the other canyon routes. All repairs are temporary fixes to get communities back on their feet and create a sense of normalcy here in CO. There are a few short cuts back to Boulder via dirt roads, but those are used by locals and commerce and it's suggested to leave it alone. There is still significant discharge in the affected streams & rivers and are considered dangerous as the amount of rainfall received was considered a 1,000 year event and ground saturation levels are still very high.
For updated info on RMNP, go here: http://www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm
Remember, if you want to visit the park, do so. The area is now open for business and needs your visitor dollars to survive and get back on its feet.