Flooding Near Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park

September 13, 2013

in Colorado Rockies Floods

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(Tales Told From The Road Publisher, Dick Jordan, is scheduled to visit the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park near the end of September. Here is our initial report on flooding along the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies; daily updates on weather, flood damage, road and park closures appear at the end of this story.)

NPS symbolIf you’re planning to head to Rocky Mountain National Park today or over the weekend, your plans have probably been washed out by the massive storm which hit the Front Range of the Rockies causing flooding in towns north and west of Denver, and closing several highways.

Rocky Mountain National Park itself is closed to all recreation use. You can keep tabs on the park’s status via Twitter (@RMNPOfficial) or on its Facebook page.

Downtown Estes Park, at the eastern gateway to the park, has been flooded. (The following video was shot at 4:30 PM MDT on Friday, September 13, 2013).


ABC Channel 7 News in Denver has extensive video coverage on its Website as part of its reporting on flooding in the Rockies.

All roads in and out of Estes Park, except for Trail Ridge Road which traverses the mountains west to Grand Lake, are closed. Trail Ridge Road is open only for “essential travel.” Grand Lake, on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, apparently has not suffered flooding.

Internet and phone service in Estes Park is reported as “spotty.” The Website for the local newspaper, The Estes Park News, is up, but carrying little news. You can read its reporting on Facebook and follow updates from The Town of Estes Park on Twitter (@TownofEstesPark).

The Weather Channel reported that rain and flooding continued on Friday in a number of communities along the Front Range west of Denver. Its 5-day forecast (from Friday night through Tuesday) for Estes Park called for scattered showers and thundershowers through Monday with partly cloudy skies and only a 10% chance of rain on Tuesday. The National Weather Service forecast extended the chance of showers through Wednesday.

The Denver Post has been providing live blogging updates on the flooding.

The Colorado Department of Transportation updated road closure information on its Website and via its Twitter feed (@ColoradoDOT) and on its Facebook page.


Updates to our original story follow:


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