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The Snow Poles Up On Trail Ridge Road In RMNP Are Ready For The Snow To Start Falling!


Phil and I took a ride up Trail Ridge Road the other day to see how much snow was up there. The road had been closed for about a week and we weren’t sure how long it would remain open.

We could see quite a bit of snow in the distant mountains and also where it had drifted along Trail Ridge Road.

You can see the “snow poles” along the sides of the road. These help the snowplows maneuver the road when the snow is very deep. Up top these poles are a good 10-15 feet tall. We’ve seen drifts at least that tall when spring comes.

You never know when they will close Trail Ridge Road for the season. Old Fall River Road is already closed. If you want to get that last scenic drive in, you’d better do it pretty soon before they do close the road for the winter.

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First Mourning Cloak Butterfly On Old Fall River Road In RMNP!


I saw my first butterfly of spring yesterday  morning, a Mourning Cloak which is brown and beige with blue spots, on Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. He alighted on the sunny rock and I clicked away.

Beautiful, don’t you think?

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Old Fall River Road In RMNP Is Closed For The Winter


Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is closed for the winter, and has been closed since the flood in September of 2013, but will re-open next summer.

It is a winding, one-way up 9 mile dirt road that lands you at the top of Trail Ridge Road by the Alpine Visitor’s Center. It’s definitely worth the drive, but not for the faint of heart!


We walked from the picnic area by the Alluvial Fan down to the entrance, which you can see. I couldn’t decide which one I like better…the black and white photograph or the color one. What do you think?


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Alluvial Fan Trail In RMNP Is Covered With Rocks And Boulders


When the flood hit last year it brought down “football fields” full of rocks and boulders at the Alluvial Fan in Rocky Mountain National Park. It wiped out the walking bridge and re-routed the river.

The NPS has just finished repairing the road and built a new bridge over the river so that cars can now drive into the west parking lot.

One-way Old Fall River Road should open on time, July 4th weekend, next summer.

This photograph is of the old walking bridge on the trail to the Alluvial Fan. It looks like a little waterfall. There is now a short gravely trail from the road part way up through the boulders, but no bridge to get across. This couple hopped across the rocks to get across. But be careful, the river is running pretty fast. You can also get to the other side from the east parking lot.


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