Rocky Mountain National Park to begin reopening late May

Rocky Mountain National Park

DENVER (AP) — Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado is scheduled to reopen at the end of May, two months after the park was closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, park officials said.

Recreational access and services at the park are scheduled to resume May 27, a day after Democratic Gov. Jared Polis’ current executive order is set to expire, The Denver Post reported.

Rocky Mountain National Park, which closed March 20 amid the pandemic, is scheduled to reopen in phases.

Shuttle bus operations within the Bear Lake Road corridor will begin May 27, officials said. It is unclear whether Hiker Shuttle from the Estes Park Visitor Center will operate this summer.

Parts of Moraine Park and Glacier Basin Campgrounds, including half the campsites, are scheduled to open June 4 while Aspenglen, Timber Creek and Longs Peak campgrounds will remain closed.

Park officials are still determining the timing and feasibility of park visitor center operations and other services.

Park officials are working with the state to follow “safer-at-home” guidance urging residents to limit activities to their immediate communities, restrict travel to no more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) from their home and not travel to mountain areas.

The state tourism office has also discouraged vacations to the state to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.