Rocky Mountain National Park

What Goes On At A National Park BioBlitz? Well, Counting Butterflies Is One Task

Clouded sulfur? Mormon fritillary? Hoary comma? I had never heard of such intriguing creatures before last month, but the Rocky Mountain BioBlitz put me in close proximity to all three. No fear factor or injuries sustained. Just a stroll in a sub-alpine meadow in an effort to inventory butterflies.

How Have National Parks And Public Lands Fared Under The Obama Administration?

With the Obama administration nearing the end of its first term, it has a track record for its stance on public lands in general and national parks specifically, and it's not as rosy as many conservationists had hoped for when the president came into office.

Reader Participation Day: Which Songs Do You Connect With National Parks?

Are there any pieces of music that remind you of a national park – or a park experience? Some compositions, such as Grofe's Grand Canyon Suite, have clear connections to a park. Others, such as "Rocky Mountain High," might bring to mind a specific park - or a whole state with lots of great parks. How about you? Do you have any favorite songs that you associate with national parks?

Parks Beyond Borders: NPS and Costa Rican Parks Sign Agreement, Deadly Park Drive in Australia

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A round-up of global national park news.

BioBlitz At Rocky Mountain National Park Headlines Founder's Day For National Park Service

Searching for bugs, butterflies, and beetles, along with countless other species, at Rocky Mountain National Park will be one of the highlights of Founder's Day, August 25, when the National Park Service turns 96.

Mountain Bike Use Subject Of Environmental Assessment In Rocky Mountain National Park

An environmental assessment is being conducted at Rocky Mountain National Park to determine whether a short section of hiking and equestrian trail known as the East Shore Trail should be open to mountain bikes.

"BioBlitz" Coming To Rocky Mountain National Park In Late August

Rocky Mountain National Park boasts one of the most expansive areas of alpine terrain in the United States as well as beautiful forests and mountain meadows. To better understand, appreciate and protect this national treasure, the National Park Service and National Geographic Society are teaming up to host a 24-hour BioBlitz species count and a two-day Biodiversity Festival in late August.

Trails I've Hiked: Black Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

Black Lake at ROMO
A hike to Black Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park shows off several lakes and waterfall, including Alberta Falls and Mills Lake. Hikers can choose how far they want to go and get a wonderful Rocky Mountain experience.

Small Fire at Rocky Mountain National Park Draws Plenty of Attention

In the aftermath of major fires near Fort Collins and Colorado Springs earlier this summer, smoke rising from a heavily wooded mountainside in Rocky Mountain National Park last week wasn't a welcome sight. Park officials took no chances by promptly attacking the lightning-caused blaze.

Colorado Man Dies In Fall On Glacier In Rocky Mountain National Park

A Colorado man descending a glacier in Rocky Mountain National Park with friends was killed when he slipped and slid about 100 feet down a glacier.

Fire Ban Lifted At Rocky Mountain National Park, Fire Restrictions Added At Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Parks

While a ban on fires at Rocky Mountain National Park has been lifted, fire restrictions have been imposed at Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks due to dry conditions.

New Webcam In Rocky Mountain National Park Lets You View The High Country

Hankering for a glimpse of the Rocky Mountain highlands? Then check out the new webcam added to the Alpine Visitor Center in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Total Ban On Fires Instituted At Rocky Mountain National Park

With a massive wildlfire burning less than 50 miles to the east, officials at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado have instituted a park-wide ban on open fires, even those fueled by charcoal.

Watch For Road Bikers In Rocky Mountain National Park On Thursday

If you plan to be anywhere along Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park on Thursday, keep an eye out for road cyclists. The Ride The Rockies Bicycle Tour is scheduled to be traveling that route on Thursday.

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day In Rocky Mountain National Park Or Mesa Verde National Park

If you missed celebrating International Migratory Bird Day last month, you can make it up by heading to Rocky Mountain National Park on Saturday for a bird walk in the park

Design Centennial Logo For Rocky Mountain National Park, Win $3000

Feeling creative? If you prove highly creative in designing a centennial logo for Rocky Mountain National Park, you could win $3,000.

Is A Tiny Beetle Causing Haze In Places Such As Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, And Glacier National Parks?

Is there a connection between climate change, a tiny beetle, and increased haze in the skies over places such as Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone national parks? Research by an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University seems to connect the dots.

To Deal With Road Construction, Consider Riding The Shuttle At Rocky Mountain National Park

With Memorial Day Weekend officially kicking off the summer travel season, and road construction ramping up in Rocky Mountain National Park, you just might have to ride a shuttle when you visit some areas of the park this summer.
Before They In approaching Before They're Gone, A Family's Year-Long Quest to Explore America's Most Endangered National Parks, Michael Lanza desires to take his young son and daughter to places that most amazed him -- national parks -- before climate change alters their appearance too greatly.

Trail Ridge Road In Rocky Mountain National Park Open For The Summer

Add Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park to the growing lists of scenic drives in the National Park System now open for the summer. The road, the highest paved road in the Lower 48, opened for traffic just after 11 a.m. Monday.

Interior Department, Colorado Officials Sign Agreement For "Rocky Mountain Greenway Project"

Imagine a sprawling "great urban park," stretching roughly 65 miles from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park and tying together national wildlife refuges and the Mile High City's trail systems. It could become a reality under an agreement signed between Interior Department and Colorado officials.

Rocky Mountain National Park Crews Will Be Spraying Trees To Battle Bark Beetles

Hazardous tree removal work at Rocky Mountain National Park will be going on through April and May as crews work to battle a years-long bark beetle infestation.

National Geographic Coming To Rocky Mountain National Park For BioBlitz In August

You can add Rocky Mountain National Park to the list of parks that are being scoured for as many species as possible during a 24-hour period, and you can even participate in the inventory.

Park Science Unveiled At Rocky Mountain National Park Biennial Research Conference

Wondering what sorts of scientific research is under way at Rocky Mountain National Park? Plan on attending the park's biennial reseach conference late this month in Estes Park, Colorado.

Access Restrictions In Place At Rocky Mountain National Park To Protect Nesting Raptors

To give hawks and falcons a break from humans during their nesting season, officials at Rocky Mountain National Park have instituted some temporary closures in popular climbing areas of the park.

Construction on Bear Lake Road In Rocky Mountain National Park To Start March 5

Much-needed repairs along the Bear Lake Road in Rocky Mountain National Park will lead to traffic delays for the next two years.

Millions Of Dollars Heading To National Parks For Road, Multiple-Use Trail Improvements

Millions of dollars are flowing to the National Park System for work on aging roads and multiple-use trails in need of some TLC, and transportation systems thanks to the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in the Parks program overseen by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Rocky Mountain National Park's 2011 Visitation Up 6.6 Percent to 3.3 Million

Perhaps it was good weather, perhaps simply the lure of the mountains, but visitation to Rocky Mountain National Park last year reached 3.3 million, an increase of 6.6 percent over 2010 levels, according to park officials.

Full Schedule of Winter Fun At Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado's Front Range has already been hit by several snowstorms this fall, and Rocky Mountain National Park's rangers are ready to take advantage of that building snowpack by showing visitors a good time outdoors.

Some National Park-Related Groups That Deserve Your Donation

While there are still two months left to 2011, it's not too early to think about making a tax-deductible contribution to your favorite national park-related organization.
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