Because of the Federal Government shutdown, Governor Hickenlooper is asking the White House to hand over control of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado's state government.

The governor is proposing that the park service allow Colorado to maintain and patrol Trail Ridge, which runs through the national park, connecting Estes Park and Grand Lake.

Gov. Hickenlooper said. "There might be some federal law that gets in our way. That's the only thing I think that can happen, otherwise I think they'll probably try to find a way to do it."

The Colorado Department of Transportation would plow and maintain the road, while Colorado State Patrol would be tasked with sending troopers to keep it safe for use. Even if the road were re-opened, the park would remain closed.

Source: 9 News