Five Backcountry Campsites Close Due to Bear Activity-Sites Re-Opened
Contact: Kyle Patterson, 970-586-1363
Due to increased bear activity and visitor safety concerns, park staff closed five backcountry campsites in Rocky Mountain National Park on July 13. The sites are located in the Wild Basin area in the southern portion of the park. These five campsites; Pine Ridge, Tahosa, Aspen Knoll, Siskin, and North St. Vrain will be closed through July 19 and reevaluated.
There have been multiple sightings of two bears since mid June in the Wild Basin area. At least one bear has received numerous food rewards both at a backcountry campsite and at residences and businesses outside of the park. Three of the five campsites mentioned have food storage canisters and the other two provide cables to hang food. Once bears associate humans with food it is extremely difficult to change their behavior and tragically, often times leads to a bear having to be killed because of visitor safety concerns. Visitors to the park and area neighbors are reminded of the following:
For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please call the park information office at (970) 586-1206.
Did You Know?
Homesteader and lodge keeper Abner Sprague was the first person to pay to enter Rocky Mountain National Park. His fee was $3.