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    Rocky Mountain

    National Park Colorado

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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 »

Science Behind the Scenes Series

 
a photo of a tree damaged by mountain pine beetle

The Mountain Pine Beetle
Why are there so many brown trees? The Mountain Pine Beetle is one of several common, native insects that challenge western pine forests. Drought conditions, mild winters, dwarf mistletoe infestations, dense late seral mature forest stands, and a lack of wildland fires have contributed to the outbreak. The scale of the current beetle epidemic is unprecedented in historic times, with millions of acres of trees being affected throughout the West from Mexico to British Columbia.

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Photo Bighorn sheep ram

Bighorn Sheep
Bighorn sheep are often referred to as Rocky's signature species. These hearty-looking animals are surprisingly fragile. Learn more about these elusive and fascinating creatures.

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Photo elk feeding in meadow

                                                          

Elk & Vegetation Management Plan
The National Park Service (NPS) has released the Final Elk and Vegetation Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the park. The result of seven years of research, followed by four years of planning, the plan will use adaptive management principles and guide park management for the next 20 years. This 12-minute video introduces this fascinating and complex topic.

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Photo clear air quality day of Longs Peak and Mount Meeker

Air Quality
There are days when visibility is more than 200 miles. Unfortunately those days are not as common anymore. Learn how scientists at Rocky Mountain National Park are studying and monitoring air quality in the park.


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a photo of a wood frog

Soundscapes
What do elk and frogs have in common? This segment of Behind the Scenes will take a brief look at two park research projects, one focused on frogs and one on elk. As different as these topics seem, the projects have something in common: they both involve studying sound.

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Did You Know?

a photo of treeline in Rocky Mountain National Park

If the current amount of total nitrogen deposition measured at the high-elevation monitoring site in Rocky Mountain National Park (3 kg/ha/yr) was the same throughout the park, the amount of airborne nitrogen entering the park would be equivalent to 35,500 twenty-pound bags of fertilizer. More...