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kringenwally

Flooding and your travel plans

by kringenwally »

In a few days the news cycle will have passed and the devastating floods of the vast area to the west and north and northeast of Denver will no longer make headlines. But it will be a while before popular spots like Estes Park (gateway town to the Rocky Mountain National Park) can receive visitors - there is currently only one road open that leads to E.P.

Read this account: Estes Park could remain isolated for an extended period (click)

and follow the rest of developments at www.denverpost.com before you make any travel plans for the region.

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wings

RE: Flooding and your travel plans

by wings »

That's excellent advice. My heart goes out to the people of Boulder. Such a beautiful town. It's going to take a long time for them to rebuild.

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kringenwally

RE: Flooding and your travel plans

by kringenwally »

True, and yet - Boulder got away lightly when compared to Jamestown, Lyons, Evans, Eerie, parts of Longmont, Estes Park (!) and many others. And now the oil spill, and the lack of sewer and water in Evans, and on and on, it's a misery for many out there. So tread lightly if you go to the area, and revise your trip estimates, it may take you a lot longer than at other times!

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kringenwally

RE: Flooding and your travel plans

by kringenwally »

This morning the last of the roads around Lyons (and up to Estes Park etc.) that had been made impassable by the floods was reopened - the stretch of Highway 7 between Lyons and Allenspark: www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_24605458/allenspark-residents-celebrate-reopening-flood-damaged-colo-highway

Eldorado Canyon is still open to hikers only, vehicles can't go further than the bridge.

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kringenwally

RE: Flooding and your travel plans

by kringenwally »

Time for an update. Incredibly, the road-construction crews reopened all the washed-out access roads to Estes Park (and the Rocky Mountain National Park) before deadline.

I just drove up from Lyons, and aside from substantial stretches with 25 mph speed limit and one location with a one-lane-only alternating traffic flow, there is nothing untoward to report!

It's glorious weather, not even really cold (27 degrees at 5AM, probably 40s during the day). 

So glad to see E.P. bounce back - there are quite a few folks in town and my motel is supposed to be full tomorrow Friday.

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redbikegirl

RE: Flooding and your travel plans

by redbikegirl »

Kristen, that's great to hear! We are heading to Estes Park and Grand Lake in August so hopefully no more devastating weather!

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kringenwally

RE: Flooding and your travel plans

by kringenwally »

If you took pictures of the Alluvial Fan on previous occasions, or you find some on the internet, dig them out, then go see it now after the flood. Completely different. Just amazing. The road beyond there is closed, only the first of the two car parking areas is open, the pedestrian acess trail is busted up, and the rocks have been "rearranged" by mother nature - that would have been a sight to behold while it was happening, like a kid playing with marbles, except that they weigh tons...

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redbikegirl

RE: Flooding and your travel plans

by redbikegirl »

We'll have to check it out. We were actually heading to Estes Park this past September after spending time in Yosemite - just days after the flooding. We had no idea just had bad the flooding was since we hadn't been watching much television and didn't listen to the radio on the drive. It wasn't until we arrived in Grand Junction that we found out the horrible extent of the flooding and that RMNP was closed. We are looking forward to seeing one of our favorite parks again!

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kringenwally

RE: Flooding and your travel plans

by kringenwally »

Well, you'll love the completed stretch of renovated Bear Lake Road - that long stretch to about the park-and-ride is now finished where it was closed after 9AM to incoming traffic all season (outgoing traffic was bundled into batches behind a "Follow-Me" vehicle). Now slightly widened, with new markings, new guiderails, smooth as can be, open 24/7 except when severe weather interferes.

I noticed (and was told of) no ill effects from the floods other the previously mentioned Alluvial Fan and Old Fall River Road. Let's see what Spring brings.

Meanwhile, the natives still like to direct traffic, as witnessed from my driver's seat

and even an out-of-focus sunrise picture makes me feel like going back for more.

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redbikegirl

RE: Flooding and your travel plans

by redbikegirl »

Yeppie! We had to deal with that "follow me" truck more than once a few years ago! We'd get into the park at sunrise so we didn't have to deal with the traffic in the mornings, but the afternoons were awful. Especially after a long hike the last thing we wanted to do was sit in traffic for 30+ minutes! :) I hate to wish the time away, but I live for the  summers and it will be here before we know it. Love that photo...he certainly was a big buck!

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