Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, CO was temporarily closed because of winter weather yesterday — the first day of summer. Snow was falling at higher elevations in the park and across Colorado.
The road, the highest paved continuous road in the US that tops out at 12,183 feet, was closed just before 10 am at Rainbow Curve on the east side about eight miles into the park and at Milner Pass on the west side about 16 miles from the Grand Lake entrance. It reopened about 90 minutes later.
Park officials said to expect wet conditions and possible poor visibility. The Alpine Visitor Center was closed for the day because of the poor weather.
The road only recently opened June 5. Its traditional opening for Memorial Day weekend was delayed because of heavy snow this season.
Up to 10″ of fresh snow is forecast on higher elevations across Colorado this weekend.