Reminder For Closure Areas During Elk Rut Season In Rocky Mountain National Park

Meadow closure sign with elk in meadow
Closure areas are for people, not wildlife!

Courtesy Peter Biddle Rocky Mountain National Park

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News Release Date: September 8, 2017

Contact: Kyle Patterson, Public Affairs Officer, (970) 586-1363

Contact: General Park Information, (970) 586-1206

Beginning on September 1, closures are 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 31 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. 
 



Last updated: September 8, 2017

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