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  • Old Fall River Road will be closed in 2014 due to flood damage

    Damages on Old Fall River Road are extensive and the road will remain closed to vehicles through 2014. It is unknown at this time whether hikers and bicyclists will be allowed on the road. More »

  • Impacts from September 2013 Flood

    Due to recent flooding, there are still some closures in the park that could affect your visit. More »

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April 04, 2014
Earth Day Celebration At Rocky Mountain National Park – April 19
Come celebrate Earth Day at Rocky Mountain National Park! A special Earth Day event will be held Saturday, April 19, at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m

April 02, 2014
Lily Lake Roadside Pile Burn Planned For April
If conditions allow, Rocky Mountain National Park staff are planning to burn piles located in the Lily Lake area along Highway 7.

March 25, 2014
Protection of High Value Trees and Hazard Mitigation Projects Continue in 2014 at Rocky Mountain National Park
Bark beetles continue to be active within Rocky Mountain National Park, impacting large numbers of conifer trees.

March 12, 2014
Planning Phase Underway For Commercial Climbing Services In Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park staff are currently in the planning phase to develop a commercial services strategy for guided commercial climbing in the park.

March 04, 2014
2014 Temporary Closures to Protect Nesting Raptors in Rocky Mountain National Park
Each year to protect raptor nesting sites, Rocky Mountain National Park officials initiate temporary closures in the Lumpy Ridge and Sheep Mountain areas of the park.

February 25, 2014
Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial Plans Underway
Come learn about Rocky Mountain National Park's exciting Centennial plans and how you can get involved on Wednesday, March 12, at 6:00 p.m.

February 25, 2014
Rocky Mountain National Park Recruits Volunteer Groups For This Summer
Rocky Mountain National Park staff are looking for organized groups and families to assist with a variety of projects at the park this summer.

February 12, 2014
Grand Ditch Breach Restoration Planning Moves Forward In Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park announces the availability of the Grand Ditch Breach Restoration Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Record of Decision.

February 12, 2014
Osprey Satellite Transmitter Tracking Project Underway
Rocky Mountain National Park is pleased to announce the beginning of a three year joint project between the park, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (RMBO), and the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests that allows school children and the public to follow the migration path of osprey from their breeding grounds to their wintering grounds

January 27, 2014
Senator Udall Selected as Honorary Chair of Rocky Mountain National Park’s Upcoming 100th Anniversary
On January 26, 1915, Rocky Mountain National Park was established. Ninety-nine years later, Rocky Mountain National Park is pleased to announce that Senator Mark Udall has been named Honorary Chair of Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th Anniversary Celebration.

January 21, 2014
Rocky Mountain National Park Considers Allowing Bicycle Use on Two-Mile Section of East Shore Trail Near Grand Lake
Rocky Mountain National Park staff are considering whether to allow bicycle use on a two-mile section of the East Shore Trail within the national park.

January 15, 2014
Annual Pass Commemorating Upcoming Centennial Now Available At Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park turns 100 in 2015! Want to start celebrating, but don’t want to wait until next year?

January 10, 2014
Second Search In Flattop Mountain Area of Rocky Mountain National Park In Past Week
On Wednesday, January 8, at approximately 4:30 p.m. two lost hikers contacted park rangers by cell phone.

January 07, 2014
Cardiac Fatality at Rocky Mountain National Park
A 74-year-old man from Fort Collins suffered a cardiac emergency while snowshoeing near Mills Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.

January 07, 2014
Explore Rocky During the Winter
For many visitors, winter is their favorite season to enjoy Rocky Mountain National Park.

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 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.

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.

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Did You Know?

a photo of folks throwing snowballs in front of the snow-covered Alpine Visitor Center

The coldest temperature inside the Alpine Visitor Center during the winter is rarely below 20 degrees. The snow insulates the building when it is closed for the winter.