• Photo of park visitors enjoying sunset from the Alpine Ridge Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Forest Health: Falling Trees

 

Watch Out for Falling Trees!
Falling trees are always a hazard when traveling in forested areas.

Follow these guidelines to help avoid the risks associated with falling trees.

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid dense patches of dead trees. They can fall without warning.
  • Stay out of the forest when there are strong winds that could blow down trees. If you are already in the forest when the wind kicks up, head to a clearing out of reach of any potential falling trees.
  • Place tents and park vehicles in areas where they will not be hit if trees fall.
  • Do not rely on cell phones for safety as there is no coverage in many parts of the park.
 
Photo tree falling poster
Watch out for falling trees. To download a printable pdf version of this poster, click on the image.
NPS Poster

Did You Know?

a photo of climbers on Longs Peak

The oldest person to summit Longs Peak was Rev. William Butler, who climbed it on September 2, 1926, his 85th birthday. In 1932, Clerin “Zumie” Zumwalt summited Longs Peak 53 times.