Anticipated, Post-Flood Openings in Colorado - Climbing Magazine

Anticipated, Post-Flood Openings in Colorado


10/18/13 – Every day means more progress along the Front Range of Colorado, as local rangers, workers, and volunteers combine efforts to help the state parks conquer flood damage and reopen.

Rocky Mountain National Park still faces several areas of closure, but has announced several openings. Openings include: Bear Lake Road, Lumpy Ridge, Upper Beaver Meadows, Long Peak Road, and Wild Basin Road, which leads to winter parking. The park warns that areas around Wild Basin may still be closed or ridden with detours. Some small areas of the park remain closed, including Twin Sisters, the Endovalley region, Old Fall River Road and Cow Creek Trailhead.

Eldorado Canyon State Park is still completely closed to the public due to extensive flood damage and dangerous conditions. The park is making repairs quickly thanks to the massive response of local volunteers and workers. Stay tuned on their Facebook page or website for a potential partial opening.

Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks has reopened many areas to recreation, but the only open climbing areas are the First Flatiron, the Third Flatiron, and the bouldering on Mt. Sanitas. Note that recently opened areas are only open from dawn until dusk due to safety risks. Some areas around Boulder are still closed to the public: Sanitas Valley, a part of Flatirons Vista South Trail, and The South Boulder Creek trail.

Boulder Canyon is still working to open the Forest Service lands north of Highway 119, which opened on the morning of October 7. All Forest Service lands south of Highway 119 are open for climbing, including Eagle Rock, Cob Rock, Sherwood Forest, Tonnere Tower, Bell Buttress, Avalon, Vampire Rock, and Black Widow. Most climbing areas on the north side are reported to be in fair condition, including Blob Rock, Easy Blob, Bitty Buttress, Happy Hour, Security Risk, and Bihedral. Officials suggest climbers stay away from the area below East Blob as there was a dangerous slide that covered the highway.

Check out some of the pictures of the flood damage and reparations around Colorado here.