NPS - National Park Service

06/20/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/20/2019 14:55

Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Parking Lot Closed Thursday, June 27 5 am to 7 pm Glacier Gorge Trailhead Parking Lot Closed June 26 For Pavement Preservation Work

June 20, 2019
Contact: Kyle Patterson, Public Affairs Officer, 970-586-1363
Contact: Park Information, (970) 586-1206

Beginning at 5 a.m. Thursday, June 27 through 7 p.m. the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Parking Area and Visitor Center in Rocky Mountain National Park will be closed to all uses for a pavement preservation project. Visitors entering the park from the east side on June 27, are encouraged to visit the Fall River Visitor Center that day.

Beginning at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, through 7 a.m. Thursday, June 27, the Glacier Gorge Trailhead Parking area along Bear Lake Road will be closed to all uses. On this day park shuttle buses will not be dropping off or picking up visitors at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead shuttle stop. All other bus stops in the Bear Lake corridor will be operational.

Beginning Monday, July 22, not on June 10 as was originally reported, staging for the pavement preservation project will take place in the Park & Ride lot along the Bear Lake Road corridor. The staging area will fill approximately 100 parking spaces, making these unavailable to the public, until the fall.

Due to limited parking, park visitors are encouraged to board the Hiker Shuttle. This shuttle runs every 30 minutes from the Estes Park Visitor Center to the Park & Ride on Bear Lake Road. Expect wait times to board the shuttles.

This important project is critical for the long term protection of park roads and parking areas.Due to the elevation of Rocky Mountain National Park and temperatures, resurfacing pavement projects can only take place in the summer. Work will not take place during the weekends or holidays.

Other areas of the park that will be impacted throughout the summer by this ongoing pavement preservation project include the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Parking Lot, Bierstadt Lake Parking Lot, Alluvial Fan Parking Lot, Lawn Lake Parking Lot, Sheep Lakes Parking Lot, Horseshoe Park Overlook, Many Parks Curve Parking Areas, Rainbow Curve Parking Area, Forest Canyon Overlook Parking Area, Rock Cut Parking Area, Lava Cliffs Parking Area, Lumpy Ridge Access Road and numerous smaller parking areas and overlooks. Work will also take place on Bear Lake Road and sections of Trail Ridge Road. Park visitors should expect rolling delays of up to 20 minutes during road work. When specific work dates are scheduled for other areas, this information will be disseminated.

For further information about Rocky Mountain National Park, please visit or call the park's Information Office at (970) 586-1206.