December 16, 2013
Rocky Mountain National Park Programs During The Holidays
The holiday season is a great time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. In addition to beautiful scenery, wildlife viewing and a variety of winter recreational activities to do on your own, some fun activities with park rangers are offered.
December 09, 2013
Flood Impacts Will Close Old Fall River Road Through 2014 Backcountry Travelers May Encounter Different Conditions
Rocky Mountain National Park received significant damages on bridges, roads and trails in the historic floods that occurred in September.
November 04, 2013
Rocky Mountain National Park Announces Winter 2013-2014 Pile Burning Operations
Fire managers at Rocky Mountain National Park plan to take advantage of potential upcoming winter weather conditions to burn piles of slash.
October 23, 2013
Fatality Monday In Moraine Park Campground In Rocky Mountain National Park
On Monday morning, October 21, park rangers were notified of a deceased man in the Moraine Park Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park.
October 23, 2013
Seeking Applications for Rocky Mountain National Park 2014 Artist-In-Residence Program
The National Park Service is accepting applications through November 15, 2013 for Rocky Mountain National Park’s summer 2014 Artist-in-Residence Program.
October 22, 2013
Trail Ridge Road Closes To Through Travel For The Season Rocky Mountain National Park Is Open
Today, Tuesday, October 22, 2013, Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park officially closed for the season to through travel. The most popular destinations for this time of year including Bear Lake Road, Moraine Park, Horseshoe Park and the section of Trail Ridge Road along the Kawuneeche Valley are all open. These are all great areas for hiking and wildlife watching.
September 29, 2013
Rocky Mountain National Park’s Trail Ridge Road Reopens Under High Wind Advisory
Rocky Mountain National Park’s Trail Ridge Road has reopened after being closed for two days due to weather. There is a high wind advisory for high profile vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles on the road. Travelers should expect snow and icy conditions as well as high winds.
September 28, 2013
A Great Weekend to Visit Rocky Mountain National Park
There’s a lot to celebrate this weekend at Rocky Mountain National Park. Today marks the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day, Elk Fest in Estes Park is underway, Grand Lake continues to welcome visitors, the fall colors are vibrant and now even more areas and trails have opened in the park.
September 26, 2013
Most of Rocky Mountain National Park Reopens
On Thursday, September 26, ninety-three percent of Rocky Mountain National Park is now open to the public. By Thursday afternoon gates will be opened on Bear Lake Road, Upper Beaver Meadows, Lumpy Ridge and Longs Peak Road. Trail Ridge Road opened earlier in the day after a second convoy of critical rock crusher equipment moved through the park from Grand County to Estes Park.
September 25, 2013
Rocky Mountain National Park’s Trail Ridge Road To Remain Closed for Heavy Equipment Caravan
On Wednesday and Thursday, September 25 and 26, essential heavy equipment for infrastructure repairs due to recent flooding will traverse Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park from Grand Lake to Estes Park.
September 25, 2013
Recreation Sites Begin To Reopen on East Side of Rocky Mountain National Park
On Wednesday, September 25, three trails and areas of Rocky Mountain National Park on the east side that were impacted by the flood are reopening for public use.
September 25, 2013
Rocky Mountain National Park’s Trail Ridge Road to Close for Heavy Equipment Caravan
On Wednesday and Thursday, September 25 and 26, essential heavy equipment for infrastructure repairs due to recent flooding will traverse Trail Ridge Road from Grand Lake to Estes Park. In order to safely move this wide and large critical cargo, the closure on Trail Ridge Road has expanded to Deer Ridge Junction on the east and the Colorado River Trailhead on the west.
September 23, 2013
Current Status at Rocky Mountain National Park
Staff continues to examine the condition of facilities and trails to determine which areas can be reopened.
September 21, 2013
What Is Open at Rocky Mountain National Park?
Staff continues to examine the condition of facilities and trails to determine which areas can be reopened. Debris is being removed and facilities cleaned where needed.For those hoping to visit Rocky Mountain National Park this weekend, here is a breakdown of how to get here and what is open.
September 20, 2013
Timber Creek Campground Reopens
Rocky Mountain National Park continues to incrementally reopen. All backcountry trails on the WEST side of the park are open, but, for day use only at this time. Timber Creek Campground is opening this morning. For now, no camping fee will be charged.
September 19, 2013
More Trails Open at Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park continues to incrementally reopen. The Alpine Ridge and Tundra Communities Trails, as well as the Forest Canyon Overlook, all located above tree line on Trail Ridge Road, are now open to park visitors.
September 18, 2013
Rocky Mountain National Park Begins To Reopen
On September 18 at 10:00 a.m., Rocky Mountain National Park will begin to incrementally reopen. As conditions improve, additional road, trails and facilities will open.
September 16, 2013
Supplies Continue To Arrive Over Trail Ridge Road
Due to emergency conditions and the need to get vital supplies, including, but not limited to, food and fuel, to the Estes Park area, commercial truck traffic is temporarily being allowed to travel over Trail Ridge Road between Grand Lake and Estes Park.
September 15, 2013
All Hazard Team Arrives At Rocky Mountain National Park
The Intermountain Region’s All Hazard Incident Management Team arrived on 9/14 to assist the staff of Rocky Mountain National Park with the ongoing flooding.
September 14, 2013
Trail Ridge Road Continues To Be Vital Link To Estes Park Community
Trail Ridge Road, which is Hwy 34 through the park, is OPEN for essential travel only. At the request of the Town of Estes Park and Larimer County Emergency Services park managers have been asked to only allow east bound traffic to consist of community residents, family members of community residents providing support, emergency services and delivery trucks.
September 13, 2013
Rain, Flooding Limit Access to Rocky Mountain National Park – Climbers Stranded On Longs Peak Safely Out
Trail Ridge Road is open for essential travel, but Rocky Mountain National Park has closed and has evacuated most remaining visitors in the wake of major rainfall and flooding in
the park and neighboring Estes Park, Superintendent Vaughn Baker announced Friday.
September 13, 2013
Second Day of Flooding and Related Impacts In Rocky Mountain National Park
Trail Ridge Road, which is Hwy 34 through the park, is OPEN for essential travel only.
September 12, 2013
Heavy Rains In Rocky Mountain National Park Impacting Roads and Trails
Due to heavy rains and flooding on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park, there are numerous road closures in the park.
September 04, 2013
Numerous Projects Ongoing At Rocky Mountain National Park
As the summer season wraps up in Rocky Mountain National Park, numerous projects are nearing completion.
September 04, 2013
Rocky Mountain National Park Announces Centennial Photo Winners
The one year countdown to Rocky Mountain National Park's 100th Anniversary celebration has begun!
September 03, 2013
Firewood Collection Permits Available For 2013 Season By Lottery From Rocky Mountain National Park
Permits are available by lottery to collect firewood generated from hazard tree removals within Rocky Mountain National Park.
August 30, 2013
Old Fall River Road Reopens
Old Fall River Road reopened today at 5:00 p.m.
August 30, 2013
Visitor Airlifted From Rocky Mountain National Park
This morning, Friday, August 30, park rangers received a cell phone call that a 53-year-old man was suffering distress at a backcountry campsite near the North Inlet Trail.
August 29, 2013
Old Fall River Road Remains Temporarily Closed Due To Damage Caused By Yesterday’s Severe Weather
A severe thunderstorm moved through Rocky Mountain National Park yesterday afternoon causing heavy rains, over an inch of hail, and intense lightning.
August 23, 2013
Climber’s Body Recovered
Corey Stewart's body was recovered this morning by helicopter from Lumpy Ridge.
August 22, 2013
Falling Fatality In Rocky Mountain National Park
Park rangers were notified today around 12:30 p.m. via cell phone that a 22-year-old male had fallen 30 feet while climbing Batman Pinnacle on Lumpy Ridge, a popular rock climbing area within the park.
August 18, 2013
Paul Nahon’s Body Recovered From Longs Peak
Paul Nahon’s body was recovered this morning by helicopter from below The Narrows on Longs Peak.
August 16, 2013
Body Recovery Delayed Due To Second Incident on Longs Peak
This morning at 7:30 a.m., as recovery operations were beginning for Paul Nahon, the man who died yesterday after falling from The Narrows along the Keyhole Route, park rangers were notified of another incident.
August 15, 2013
Falling Fatality on Longs Peak In Rocky Mountain National Park
Park rangers received a 911 call shortly after 8:00 a.m. this morning reporting that a 20 year old male fell roughly 150 feet from The Narrows on the Keyhole Route on Longs Peak.
August 14, 2013
Plan Ahead If Visiting Rocky Mountain National Park On August 24 During The USA Pro Challenge
On Saturday, August 24, Stage 6 of the 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge will come through the community of Estes Park on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park. The race will not come through Rocky Mountain National Park, however access to and egress from the east side of the park will be impacted.
July 29, 2013
Second Public Meeting Scheduled on Potential Multiuse Trail System
Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) is preparing a Multiuse Trail Plan with an accompanying Environmental Assessment (EA). RMNP completed a Multiuse Trail Feasibility Study in 2009, for the developed eastern portion of the park.
July 24, 2013
On July 30, World Ranger Day Celebrated at Rocky Mountain National Park
On July 30, the staff of Rocky Mountain National Park invite you to celebrate World Ranger Day as we recognize world conservation areas, and the professional staff, the Rangers, who form the Thin Green Line around these most valuable resources.
July 19, 2013
Thunderstorm Causes Trail Damage in the Park
A Thursday afternoon thunderstorm resulted in localized damage to the lower Fern Lake Trail, located on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park. The two mile section of the Lower Fern Lake Trail remains closed from the trailhead to The Pool until a damage assessment is complete.
July 18, 2013
Weather Related Incidents in the Park
On the afternoon of July 18 a park visitor called 911 via cell phone to report that someone had been struck by lightning on the Ute Trail. Rangers also responded to a report of a mud and rock slide on the Fern Lake Trail, in the Arch Rock Area and the area of the Fern Lake Fire, about 1 mile from the Fern Lake Trailhead.
July 16, 2013
Bear Lake Road Reconstruction Project Continues Through August
Beginning on Saturday, July 20, private vehicles will again be allowed seven days a week on Bear Lake Road. Although vehicles will now be allowed on weekdays as well as weekends, the road construction project is still taking place and park visitors will continue to experience up to two - 20 minute delays in both directions.
July 16, 2013
Trail Ridge Road Closed For Through Travel Tuesday Night, July 23
Trail Ridge Road will be closed for through travel on Tuesday, July 23, from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
July 09, 2013
Hazardous Fuels Reduction Work Continues In Rocky Mountain National Park
The reduction of hazardous fuels is a significant preventative management tool used in preparation for managing wildfire near structures and communities.
June 28, 2013
Rocky Mountain National Park Announces Additional Fire Restrictions
Due to the continued extreme fire danger, extended weather forecast and current level of fire activity in the State of Colorado, park officials are reminding visitors of existing regulations pertaining to the use of fires that are always in place within Rocky Mountain National Park, along with a new restriction on smoking.
June 25, 2013
Fern Lake Fire Officially Called Out
An infrared flight over Forest Canyon in Rocky Mountain National Park has confirmed that the Fern Lake Fire is officially out.
June 19, 2013
Big Meadows Fire Update June 19
The Big Meadows Fire is now considered to be 95% contained; the fire remains at 604 acres. It is possible that pockets of heat in the fire interior may produce visible smokes. This will be the last update unless there are considerable changes.
June 19, 2013
Big Meadows Fire Medical Incident on June 16
Early Father’s Day morning, Sunday, June 16, a firefighter walking with his crew from field spike camp to the fireline collapsed due to sudden cardiac arrest during the Big Meadows Fire.
June 13, 2013
Big Meadows Fire Evening Update June 13 - 30 Percent Containment
Following today’s assessment by fire staff, the Big Meadows Fire remains at an estimated 333 acres and 30% containment.