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 »
Rocky Mountain National Park Announces Continuation of Winter 2010 Pile Burning Operations
Contact: Kyle Patterson, 970-586-1363
Fire managers from Rocky Mountain National Park plan to take advantage of winter weather conditions to burn piles of slash from several forest thinning projects. Exclusion of fire for the past century has resulted in unnatural forest conditions in some areas, with significant accumulations of forest fuels and an increased risk of a wildfire.
Excess vegetation was cut and piled by park fire crews and contractors during the last two years. The piles, which are now dry enough to burn, include 64 acres of small piles on the northeast shoulder of Deer Mountain and 8 acres of piles just north of Grand Lake and west of the North Inlet Trail Head. In addition one large pile located near the Betty Dick cabin remains to be burned. Pile burning operations will began as soon as sufficient snow cover accumulates and will continue into April as weather permits.
Safety factors, weather conditions, air quality and environmental regulations are continually monitored as a part of any fire management operation. For more information please contact the park’s information office at 970-586-1206.
Did You Know?
Rocky Mountain National Park licensed the nation’s first female nature guides in 1917. Sisters Ester and Elizabeth Burnell learned the naturalist trade from advocate and author Enos Mills.