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Estes Park advice

Webb City M
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Estes Park advice

We have our annual trip to Estes planned and should be leaving in a week. Any suggestions from anyone? Should be postpone? Proceed with travel? Advice greatly needed and greatly appreciated. Our hearts and prayers go out for the wonderful people there who make it a lovely place to visit every year.

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1. Re: Estes Park advice

You should be fine. Weather is supposed to turn warm and dry on Monday. Maybe call your hotel tomorrow to make sure all is OK if you are worried. I'd probably not bother them today.

There are many people posting the same question....be nice if it was kept to one thread.

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As soon as it stops raining, the floodwaters in Estes Park and the east side of RMNP will quickly recede. Next week is supposed to be sunny, warm and dry. September is prime time for Estes Park. The town will work very hard to get businesses cleaned up and operating as soon as possible. As you know, parts of Estes Park are on higher ground so not all businesses have been flooded. Elkhorn Avenue through downtown is a river right now. Trail Ridge Road and the western side of RMNP have not been impacted by the flooding. Currently, it is unclear what roads into Estes Park will be open. Highway 34 through Big Thompson Canyon has been breached (washed away) in places. It will take a long time to repair the damage to that road. There are questions about highway 36. Boulder and Lyons were hard hit by floodwaters. It appears the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway may be the best option. Authorities will have to evaluate this after the water recedes. www.cotrip.org will be your best source for road condition information.

This would be a good year to split your time between Grand Lake and Estes Park. Spend some time on the west side of RMNP and then go Estes Park for the second half of your trip or delay your trip.

With good weather, I think Estes Park will be "ready" for visitors within a few days after the water recedes. Depending on location, not all businesses will be back to normal.

There is no land line or cell service currently in Estes Park so do not think a business is flooded and closed just because you are unable to reach them.

rky, the other DE lives in Estes Park and I am sure will post information when able. I own property in Estes Park and will get updates from there when I can. Eventhough I live only an hour away, the only way to get to Estes Park right now is by way of Trail Ridge Road. Local news has crews in the area. Larimer County is posting information. The town of Estes Park and the rangers in RMNP are posting on Twitter when service is available.

https://twitter.com/TownofEstesPark

https://twitter.com/RMNPOfficial

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FV you are a Saint! I imagine you are rightly worried about friends and property and here you are posting to help others.

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God's blessings and safety for everyone being threatened by the flooding in CO.

We are scheduled to visit Estes Park and RMNP beginning the 22nd. This morning's news doesn't sound better, rains have continued? Considering rescheduling/rerouting. Would appreciate any advice. I saw a CBS article that said "Estes Park infrastructure devastated". Our vacation plans inconsequential to this suffering, of course, but don't want to plan vacation time in a disaster area.

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If it were me, I'd change plans. Rocky Mountain Park is not open at this time. Only essential personel are being allowed in to Estes where you can even get in. I do not feel this will be a quick cleanup. Even businesses that were not effected I imagine will have issues getting supplies, etc.

I would be shocked if they even opened anything up to tourist this week at all. Knowing what we are dealing with here in Longmont, it's way worse up there. Our schools are closed until at least Thursday. That just gives an idea that if we are that bad here, what is going on up there.

Edited: 14 September 2013, 14:32
Webb City M
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Thank you for your advice. I really appreciate it. My main concern is for the people there, and I know this is a large area, not Estes alone. Prayers for a fast recovery for all people and businesses involved.

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I kind of feel gutted right now. I know my house has a roof leak, but we are away, and unsure of the damage, if there is much, or slight. No bog deal, I cannot control that, and it will get fixed. However, my son just began at CO State, and the road between there and EP, highway 34, is closed, and sounds like it will be for a while.

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Highway 34 is gone - 36 and 7 are down for a long time

k99.com/colorado-flood-washes-out-highway-34…

Edited: 14 September 2013, 16:43
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9. Re: Estes Park advice

This is horrific. My thoughts and prayers to you all.

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10. Re: Estes Park advice

An excellent update posted by fv1989: tripadvisor.com/…52826955