After being closed for 15 days due to wildfires, the park is partially reopening to visitors.
Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) officials released a statement that portions of the park will reopen on Friday, November 6.
"Areas that will reopen include roads, parking areas and trails in Wild Basin, Longs Peak, Lily Lake, Twin Sisters, Lumpy Ridge and US 34 through the Fall River Entrance to Many Parks Curve as well as the Endovalley Road," said park officials. "Old Fall River Road will be open to bicycles, leashed pets and walkers."
The western side of the park will remain closed due to the results of the fire and continued safety assessments. It's advised that visitors be aware of the current weather conditions (i.e., smoke, wind, weather, and fire conditions).
"Areas that remain temporarily closed to park visitors on the east side of the park include US 36 past the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center to Deer Ridge Junction, including the Beaver Meadows Entrance. Bear Lake Road remains closed. The North Boundary Trail, the North Fork Trail, and Mummy Pass, Stormy Pass, Commanche Peak and Mirror Lake Trails remain closed. Park staff will continue to assess these areas for fire activity, safety and downed trees, being mindful of high winds that occur this time of year causing more trees to fall," writes RMNP.
On October 21, the East Troublesome Fire entered Rocky Mountain National Park, then spotted, and continued to grow. Emergency evacuations of the area took place including mandatory evacuations of Estes Park Valley. Firefighting efforts combined with colder weather and snow on October 24 and 25 drastically reduced the fire's threat. Currently, the East Troublesome Fire has 37 percent containment.