Trail Ridge Road opens with limited hours due to snow

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. — Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, which connects Estes Park and Grand Lake, is back open, but with limited hours.

The highway opened at 11 a.m. Saturday, but as snow melts during the day and freezes at night, park officials expect overnight closures starting at 8 p.m.

Crews had been chewing up 20 feet of snow on the nation’s highest continuous paved highway since April in an attempt to open the popular road by the holiday weekend.

Memorial Day weekend is the traditional time when Colorado’s high mountain passes open for the summer season.

Independence Pass on Highway 82 between Twin Lakes and Aspen opened Thursday, and Cottonwood Pass and Guanella Pass opened Friday.

The Mount Evans Highway is open but only to Summit Lake. Because of additional snowfall this month, crews still need time to clear the remaining four miles to the summit of the popular road.

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