The Snow Is REALLY High On Trail Ridge Road Past Many Parks Curve In RMNP

With the cloudy and rainy weekend we had here in Estes Park, Phil and I thought it would be fun to drive up as far as we could go on Trail Ridge Road in RMNP on the first sunny day in a while. We had heard that the “Media Day,” when all of the media is invited up past the gate on Trail Ridge Road to film the plowing of the huge snows, was supposed to be last Friday but was cancelled because of the inclement weather. It has yet to be rescheduled. Kyle from RMNP had sent pictures of the Alpine Center totally covered with snow with snowmobiles going  almost on top of it. The pictures were amazing! I’d never seen so much snow. It reminded me of the photographs we’ve seen of the 1990s and earlier.

Last year when we went up to Trail Ridge Road on Media Day, there was virtually no snow on the sides of the road in the same place that I took this picture. The snow this year is almost 20 feet deep there. It’ll be incredible to see how deep the snows are way up on top by the Visitor’s Center in a few days.

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4 thoughts on “The Snow Is REALLY High On Trail Ridge Road Past Many Parks Curve In RMNP”

  1. Wow, I have a picture of my sister and I standing next to snow on this road like this, back in 1994! It was the neatest thing I had ever seen!

  2. I was in the San Juans in ’94 and saw snow like this around the 4th of July, but I’ve never seen that much on Trail Ridge. Great snow pack! Should be a good runoff this year!

  3. We were there in 1994. I have a picture from October 17th where the snow is still chest deep from the previous winter. It was taken at about 11,000 ft. We asked at the visitor’s center if they had had any snow yet and they hadn’t. 2 days later they got hammered. 5 days later Kansas City got it’s October surprise of almost a foot of wet snow.

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