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Every year, Rocky Mountain National Park snowplow operators begin plowing Trail Ridge Road in mid-April. Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in the United States - reaching 12,183 feet in elevation. Crews from the west side of the park and crews from the east side of the park move along the road and eventually meet near the Alpine Visitor Center. Park plow operators normally encounter drifts from 18 to 22 feet and are accustomed to plowing the same section of road over and over. Trail Ridge Road was completed in 1932. The earliest the road has opened was on May 7, 2002; the latest June 26, 1943. In 2011, the road opened on June 6.

Due to recent spring snowstorms park plow operators are experiencing significant drifts and snowpack at high elevations along the road. More snow is forecast for next week.Every year, Rocky Mountain National Park snowplow operators begin plowing Trail Ridge Road in mid-April. Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in the United States - reaching 12,183 feet in elevation. Crews from the west side of the park and crews from the east side of the park move along the road and eventually meet near the Alpine Visitor Center. Park plow operators normally encounter drifts from 18 to 22 feet and are accustomed to plowing the same section of road over and over. Trail Ridge Road was completed in 1932. The earliest the road has opened was on May 7, 2002; the latest June 26, 1943. In 2011, the road opened on June 6. Due to recent spring snowstorms park plow operators are experiencing significant drifts and snowpack at high elevations along the road. More snow is forecast for next week.
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Every year, Rocky Mountain National Park snowplow operators begin plowing Trail Ridge Road in mid-April.  Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in the United States - reaching 12,183 feet in elevation. Crews from the west side of the park and crews from the east side of the park move along the road and eventually meet near the Alpine Visitor Center.  Park plow operators normally encounter drifts from 18 to 22 feet and are accustomed to plowing the same section of road over and over.  Trail Ridge Road was completed in 1932.  The earliest the road has opened was on May 7, 2002; the latest June 26, 1943.  In 2011, the road opened on June 6.  
Due to recent spring snowstorms park plow operators are experiencing significant drifts and snowpack at high elevations along the road.  More snow is forecast for next week.Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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I've plowed I-70 up and down the mountains. I-70 and I-25 down town Denver. Hwy 93 out by Rocky Flats but I bet It would not compare to plowing Trail Ridge Road. I would love the chance to run that loader and plow trail Ridge Road some day. Talk about the best office window view in the state. Picture of that same loader and snow blower I took up at the visitors center on Trail Ridge Road 10 years ago.

That's awesome Thanks for sharing

Awesome you guys are amazing!

Trail Ridge Road was a beloved family favorite on some family road trips (from MN) in the 1960s. We have home movies and I still have Mom's souvenir, which held the milk for our cereal on the breakfast table for many years. 😊

Thanks for your hard work...and the pictures are awesome!!

Wow! Incredible! One of my favorite drives.

Wow amazing pic love it up there

Beautiful thank you for sharing.

Wow that is amazing!!!

Every year we down near the foothills and below listen for Trail Ridge Road reports. It is so high up that it is closed every winter. It's also gorgeous up there in the summer and fall!

It takes all kinds of people to make the world go round. NEvER will I go on that road again!!! Thankfully there are people that love it.

Not a job I would want. Beautiful pictures and thanks to the efforts of those who do this job!

Wow, it's still snowing there! We were there in the late summer, early fall. Beautiful, beautiful. If you haven't gone in person, do so. You won't regret it.

Thanks for the inspiration,what a wonderful place.

This was my dad’s favorite part of his job at RMNP in the 50’s and 60’s-plowing from the Grand Lake side-it was so exciting the day they broke through!

One of my favorite drives. It's Beautiful !

Thank you. You folks are amazing. It must be awesome to be the first ones up there!

Grateful to the workers who are preparing one of my favorite places in the world.

Best days on Trail Ridge Road? The handful of days before it opens to cars...

This is the most frightening road I've ever driven on even without the snow! Thanks for making this beautiful part of the world accessible.

Every year of my life, my family has waited and talked about when trail ridge will open! 65 years and I still listen with anticipation about when we might get to head up there!!! Love my home Colorado!

It looked amazing this morning blue skies deep snow we are so pleased we visited such a wonderful place

Nothing like being the first car thru the gate when Trail Ridge opens for the season.

Brings back memories of my first trip out there to work at Trail Ridge Store in 1983.

This was May, 2014, Visitors Center on Trail Ridge Rd in Rocky.

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More recent photos of plowing Trail Ridge Road
(L) Rotary Plow above Milner Pass on Thurs, May 9 (this is a big machine!)
(R) Plow operator in a pickup truck-size vehicle west of Rock Cut on Mon, May 13. Look at the size of that drift!
Lots of snow up there! ks

Trail Ridge Road in #RMNP is scheduled to open for the season next week, Fri, May 24, but ONLY IF WEATHER & CONDITIONS PERMIT. Forecast is for snow showers over next several days https://t.co/1QVuumXVHY which could affect plow operations on this 12,183 ft road. ks

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