Road conditions can be tough for anyone, but if you’ve ever driven through the arid landscape of southern Colorado, you know how difficult it can be to stay out of the rain.
Road conditions in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have been extremely bad for the last few years.
Roads have dried up, bridges have fallen over, and cars have been stranded in the snow for weeks on end.
The state is bracing for the possibility of even worse conditions, and the situation is becoming dire for travelers who want to get out of Colorado.
The park is getting a major update to its road map.
The new map is being made in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service.
The update comes as Colorado struggles with record snowfall in recent weeks and is being viewed as a critical step to getting rid of the drought that has caused some areas to lose 50 percent of their snowpack over the past two years.
“It’s not a good time to drive the road,” said Bob Smith, president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Association of State Forests.
“We’re going to be facing some of the worst conditions we’ve seen in a while.
The snowpack is down to its lowest level in nearly 20 years, and we’re in a drought.”
Smith said road conditions in this region have gotten worse in recent years.
Since the mid-2000s, road conditions have improved and the region has been able to handle a bit more snowfall, he said.
However, the recent drought has left many roads in the region in dire straits.
“Road conditions are getting worse,” Smith said.
“The road is in a pretty bad state.
We’re talking about about the most extreme conditions we have seen in many years.
It’s a disaster for anyone who is trying to get on a road trip.”
The road map includes several updates to help travelers navigate the region.
The maps will also show you how to safely drive during bad conditions and how to prepare for the weather.
“People who drive in these areas, if they can’t handle it, it will be a challenge for them to get to work,” Smith added.
“I’m hoping that the road will be the first thing people see.”