More of Rocky Mountain National Park, Highway 34 Reopen
On December 10, the National Park Service announced that portions of US Highway 34 and Rocky Mountain National Park that closed due to the East Troublesome and Cameron Peak Fires have reopened.
On the west side of the park, Highway 34 from the Grand Lake Entrance to the Colorado River Trailhead have now reopened, along with access to several trails, including Timber Lake Trail. However, the park service release said that North Inlet Trail, Sun Valley Trail and Kawuneeche Visitor Center are still closed.
On the east side of the park, the Upper Hidden Valley area and the Moraine Park Road up to the campground have reopened as well. The campground is now open, but campers, however, cannot have campfires unless they are within campfire rings in designated areas.
'The use of disposable or portable charcoal grills, wood fuel camp stoves and gas grills is allowed' under current fire restrictions, but visitors are asked to be extremely vigilant.
'Trails that remain closed in the Bear Lake area include the Fern Lake Trail, Cub Lake Trail, the Mill Creek Basin, Hollowell Park, and Bierstadt Trail,' the National Park Service said, stating that they are assessing closed areas for 'fire impacts, safety and downed trees, being mindful of high winds that occur this time of year causing more trees to fall.'