Rocky Mountain National Park

Fall In The National Parks: Ride Off Into The West, And A National Park, From A Dude Ranch

It’s after a soft, pattering rain, with the clouds clearing and the sun streaming through, that the essence of the Western landscape rises up. The pungent scent of sagebrush is wicked up by the moist air, mingling with the sweet aroma of pine.

Rocky Mountain National Park Offers Another Chance To Comment On Proposed Multi-Use Path

Rocky Mountain National Park officials, who are considering a 15.5-mile-long multi-use trail from the Fall River Entrance to Sprague Lake, are offering you another chance to comment on the proposal.

World Ranger Day Coming This Week

"World Ranger Day," one day out of the year to show your appreciation for national park rangers the world over, arrives Tuesday.

Trails I've Hiked: Cub Lake Trail At Rocky Mountain National Park

A few hours spent enjoying the Cub Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park shows off both the calamity of careless campers, and the rebirth of a landscape.

Rocky Mountain National Park's Fern Lake Trail Damaged By Mudslide

There's a need for some trail work at Rocky Mountain National Park, where a torrential thunderstorm spawned a rock-and-mud slide that swept trees and other debris across a section of the Fern Lake Trail.

Strong Thunderstorms, Lightning Causing Injuries In National Parks In The Rockies

Thunderstorms raking the Rocky Mountains have led to numerous injuries, and possibly one fatality, in national parks in the region. A mud-and-rock slide Thursday afternoon at Rocky Mountain National Park also possibly trapped hikers in the backcountry.

You'll Be Able To Drive Entire Length Of Bear Lake Road In Rocky Mountain National Park Soon

Road construction continues along the Bear Lake Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, but beginning Saturday you'll be able to drive the entire route, albeit with possible delays in both directions.

Rocky Mountain National Park's Trail Ridge Road, Not A Good Place For Vertigo

Driving Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is not for those who suffer vertigo. No guardrails will stop your vehicle if you edge off the pavement, and the flanks of the mountains drop away quickly, and steeply.

Reader Participation Day: Which Road Would You Choose, Going-To-The-Sun, Or Trail Ridge?

There are many incredible drives in the National Park System, but two of the best, at least in the western half of the country, are Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park and Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Which is your favorite, and why?

Trails I've Hiked: A Trio Of Watery Jewels At Rocky Mountain National Park

While Bear Lake is a potent draw at Rocky Mountain National Park, and justifiably so, there lies a trio of watery delights beyond this attraction that are more than worthy of your attention...before visiting Bear Lake.

Trails I've Hiked: Tundra Communities Trail At Rocky Mountain National Park

It's only a mile roundtrip, and the trailhead is easy to reach, but it almost surely is the highest elevation hike most folks will do in their lives, topping out at over 12,000 feet -- if you climb atop a rock outcrop.

Fire Restrictions Instituted At Rocky Mountain National Park, Dinosaur National Monument,

A blast of unseasonally hot air, coupled with extremely dry forests, has led to fire restrictions being put into effect at Rocky Mountain National Park and Dinosaur National Monument.

Elk Dance In Rocky Mountain National Park

Dancing elk, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Some years ago we passed on word of what grizzly bears and wolves in Yellowstone National Park do when nobody is watching. Well, now we know what elk in Rocky Mountain National Park do when they don't think anybody is watching. They dance.

Fern Lake Fire, Caused By Untended Campfire, Finally Declared Out In Rocky Mountain National Park

Nearly nine months after it was started by an illegal campfire, the Fern Lake Fire has been declared out in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Firefighter Revived After Backcountry Cardiac Arrest At Rocky Mountain National Park

The call for help from the backcountry at Rocky Mountain National Park early on Father's Day morning could have been a worst-case scenario: a firefighter on the Big Meadows Fire had collapsed due to a sudden cardiac arrest. The outcome is a testimony to excellent planning, training, communications and equipment.

Big Meadows Fire At Rocky Mountain National Park 95 Percent Contained

At Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado the Big Meadows Fire is 95 percent contained, according to park officials.

Around The Parks: Fire Update, Mesa Verde SAR, Tribal National Park

Crews were gaining the upper hand Monday on a fire at Rocky Mountain National Park, while teams were dispatched to battle a backcountry blaze at Dinosaur National Monument. Meanwhile, a search for a missing visitor at Mesa Verde National Park was scaled back, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe was moving closer to managing the southern half of Badlands National Park.

Helicopter From Big Meadows Fire Aids Climber's Rescue At Rocky Mountain National Park

The Big Meadows fire, which was started by lighting on June 10 at Rocky Mountain National Park, proved to offer an unexpected benefit for a visitor—and a park rescue team. The man was injured during a climb in the park, and his rescue was aided by a helicopter which was assigned to personnel battling the fire.

Historic Old Fall River Road At Rocky Mountain National Park Closing For Repairs

Historic Old Fall River Road, a popular, historic one-way dirt road from the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park to the Alpine Visitor Center, will be closed for about two weeks for repairs to damage caused by avalanches.

Progress Being Made On Big Meadows Fire In Rocky Mountain National Park

Firefighters are making slow, but steady, progress on containing the Big Meadows Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Crews Working To Contain Big Meadows Fire At Rocky Mountain National Park

A wildfire in the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park has shown little growth in the past two days, giving firefighters a chance to make progress in containing the blaze.

Updated: Big Meadows Fire Ballooning In Size At Rocky Mountain National Park

A wildfire sparked by lightning in the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park was burning across 400 or so acres Wednesday, while fire bosses developed a strategy to contain the blaze on the western side of the Continental Divide and away from Trail Ridge Road.

Trail Ridge Road At Rocky Mountain National Park Opens For Memorial Day Weekend

Summer is finally staging an arrival at Rocky Mountain National Park, at least at the lower elevations, but park crews have had to hustle to complete the seasonal opening of Trail Ridge Road in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

Next Time You’re Looking For Lodging During Your National Park Vacation, Consider A Dude Ranch

How many times have you started planning your national park vacation, only to suddenly and regretfully realize that you started too late and all the lodgings inside the park are booked for the dates you wanted to travel? Well, perhaps you should consider staying at a dude ranch near one of the national parks on your itinerary.

Rocky Mountain National Park Receives Heavy Snowfall, Facilities Close

May Day greeted Rocky Mountain National Park with more than a foot of fresh snow, a good spring storm that will boost the park's snowpack heading into summer.

Updated: Lingering Winter Brings Welcome Snow But Increased Avalanche Danger To Rocky Mountain National Park

Winter just keeps on hanging around in parts of the country, and it's not finished yet. An early spring storm at Rocky Mountain National Park has brought some welcome moisture to the park—and the snow is still falling today.

American Rivers: Colorado River Tops List Of 10 Most Endangered Rivers In United States

Despite taking in what the Green, Yampa, and other tributaries large and small contribute, the Colorado River is in a death spiral, over-allocated and a victim of growing climate change, left in a state of constant thirst that has made the river the most-endangered in the country, according to American Rivers.
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