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

    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

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Night Sky & Astronomy Programs

Photo Milky Way over the Rocky Mountains

2013 Schedule

Astronomy in the Park
Friday, June 14 & 28 at 8:30 p.m.
Friday, July 12 & 267 at 8:15 p.m.
Friday, August 9 & 30 at 8 p.m.

Join a park ranger and local astronomers to discover the magic of the night sky. Program will be followed by viewing with telescopes. Dress warmly, bring binoculars and a flashlight.
Location: Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead
Length: 30 minute program followed by viewing

Stories Behind the Moon & Stars
Friday, June 21 at 8:30 p.m.
Friday, July 5 & 19 at 8:15 p.m.
Friday, August 2 & 16 at 8 p.m.
The night sky comes alive through storytelling and fun activities. Meet the constellations, tour the Milky Way, gaze at the moon, and celebrate darkness. Dress warmly, bring binoculars and a flashlight.
Location: Estes Park Memorial Observatory. The observatory is located at 1600 Manford Ave., near the Stanley Park Fairgrounds and Estes Park High School. Click here to visit the observatory website.
Length: 1.5 hour program

Did You Know?

a photo of author William Allen White

Author William Allen White, the editor of the Emporia Gazette in Kansas, won a 1922 Pulitzer Prize for his editorial “To an Anxious Friend.” His vacation cabin sits near the Moraine Park Visitor Center.