ESTES PARK — Friday night, the federal government partially shut down for the third time this year. This means that funding for select federal agencies like the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior will be impacted.
On Saturday, Rocky Mountain National Park’s public information officer Kyle Patterson sent out a statement saying the land would remain accessible to the public during the shutdown, but that RMNP staff will not be able to fully staff park properties.
But Sunday, Patterson said that due to road conditions from snowfall Saturday and continuous blowing and drifting snow and ice, the gates at the Beaver Meadows Entrance and the Fall River Entrance have been closed.
“Unfortunately, we are unable to plow or maintain the roads during a shutdown,” she said. “We had to close the roads for safety reasons. Due to the upcoming weather forecast, it is unlikely the roads will reopen until after the shutdown. People can still access that part of the park on foot.”
The shutdown is expected to continue past Dec. 25.
Read more about the shutdown’s impacts on RMNP at the Trail-Gazette.