ALLENSPARK, Colo. (KRDO) – A temporary closure is in place for a popular trail along Longs Peak while search and rescue teams recover a body.
According to Rocky Mountain National Park officials, the Keyhole Road is closed from Keyhole to the top of Longs Peak.
This closure came into effect on Saturday evening and is expected to last until Sunday, possibly until Monday, until the recovery operations for a deceased man above the ledges are completed.
RMNP said more information will be released when the body is found and the investigation is complete.
On Friday, RMNP shared a message for climbers on Twitter, warning them of snowfall at the top of Longs Peak. Officials encouraged outdoor enthusiasts to plan ahead and be aware of conditions. The Tweet ended by saying, “Your safety is in your hands.”
This webcam photo taken just now shows fresh snow on top of Longs Peak. Mt Meeker also has fresh snow. Snow can fall in #RMNP at any time of the year, especially in the fall, and especially at higher altitudes. PLAN AHEAD and BE AWARE OF CONDITIONS. Your safety is in your hands. pic.twitter.com/f7ZDIs0kYT
— RockyNPS (@RockyNPS) September 17, 2022
This isn’t the first time someone has died in Colorado’s high country this week. On Tuesday, September 13, multiple agencies were dispatched to report the fall of a climber under the black wall on Mount Spalding.
According to our Denver Press PartnersMaya Humeau, 22, of Boulder, fell about 100 feet from the black wall.