• Photo of the continental divide blanketed in snow. NPS Photo by VIP Schonlau

    Rocky Mountain

    National Park Colorado

There are park alerts in effect.
hide Alerts »
  • 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 »

Cardiac Fatality at Rocky Mountain National Park

Subscribe RSS Icon | What is RSS
Date: January 7, 2014
Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363

A 74-year-old man from Fort Collins suffered a cardiac emergency while snowshoeing near Mills Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. His friends contacted park rangers by cell phone and performed Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). The man was pronounced dead at approximately 1:00 p.m.       

Mills Lake is 2.8 miles from the trailhead and close to 10,000 feet in elevation. Park staff, assisted by Larimer County Search and Rescue, recovered the man's body and reached the Glacier Gorge Trailhead at approximately 4:30 p.m. His body was then transferred to the Larimer County Coroner's Office.    His name will not be released until next of kin are notified. No further information is available at this time.

Did You Know?

A photo of a volunteer giving a camera to a visitor for a research project.

Rocky Mountain National Park volunteers give more than 100,000 hours a year to the park. That equals approximately 48 full-time employees. More...