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Reminder for Closure Areas in Rocky Mountain National Park Designated for Elk Rut

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Date: August 31, 2007
Contact: Kyle Patterson, 970-586-1363

Each year on August 29, park officials put closures in place for travel on foot or horse off established roadways or designated trails from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. These closures last through October 26 and are effective in Horseshoe Park, Upper Beaver Meadows, Moraine Park, Harbison Meadow and Holzwarth Meadow in Rocky Mountain National Park. Fishing in the Fall River, Thompson River or Colorado River within the posted areas and during the closure period is prohibited.

The purpose of the closures is to prevent disturbance and harassment of elk during their fall mating period and to enhance visitor elk viewing opportunities. As always, elk calling and the use of spotlights or vehicle headlights for spotting wildlife is prohibited in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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.