June Snow in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Trail Ridge Road, AKA US Route 34
Location:  Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA

This is Trail Ridge Road, the main road through Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.  According to the National Park Service, "Rocky Mountain National Park has the highest paved roads in any National Park in the United States. Trail Ridge Road crests at 12,183 feet.  Due to the high elevations and exposure park roads are subject to strong winds and rapid weather changes."

The photo was taken on June 7, 2011 -- one day after this road was opened for the 2011 season.  As you can see, the snow alongside the road was still several meters high.


Becky said...

My goodness, that much snow in June, but I guess it's normal for that area.

BNS said...

Since I took that photo, the road was closed again for most of a day after a new snowstorm. At that very high elevation, snow is a possibility year round.