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Your guide to the Rocky Mountain National Park elk bugling spectacle

September 28, 2012, 8:05 am
There’s really no other sound like it in nature. That loud vocalization of high-pitched squeals and screams that ends in a succession of grunts. The bugle that begins deep and resonant and carries for miles. As you stand in Horseshoe Park, Moraine Park or Upper Beaver Meadows in Rocky Mountain National ...

Catching the shuttle Shuttle access only for Bear Lake Road reconstruction begins Tuesday in Rocky

May 30, 2012, 8:30 am
Bear Lake Road is one of the most popular scenic roads in Rocky Mountain National Park and provides year-round visitor access to a variety of wonderful recreational opportunities. More than 2 million visitors a year are estimated to drive on Bear Lake Road and last year over 440,000 riders ...

Species Spotlight: Elk

September 14, 2011, 7:04 am
By: Heather Crowley Odds are if you’ve traveled to National Parks in the West, you’ve spotted elk. These loveable ungulates reside in a multitude of America’s National Parks, including Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone and Theodore Roosevelt. Elk once lived in a much larger range, however humans killed off a large portion ...

Autumn in the Rockies

September 13, 2011, 2:20 pm
Fall Colors and Bugling Elk Lure Visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park Autumn in Rocky Mountain National Park provides an opportunity to experience some truly unique seasonal beauty—and an accompanying soundtrack—all provided by mother nature. In addition to stunning fall foliage, characterized by gorgeous expanses of yellow aspens against a background ...

New section of Continental Divide Trail open at Rocky Mountain National Park

August 15, 2011, 9:28 am
Cross-country adventurers take note: A new section of Continental Divide Trail has opened at Rocky Mountain National Park. The Continental Divide Trail connects Mexico with Canada through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, following the Continental Divide for most of its journey. It's one of the "triple crown" of ...

Explore National Parks by Taking the Shuttle

June 16, 2011, 10:21 am
Vacations are meant to be relaxing, not spent in traffic. If you are planning to visit a national park during peak season, consider taking a shuttle. Not only do you avoid the hassle of driving, but you’re helping reduce emissions and noise in the park.   Acadia National Park From late June ...

Species Spotlight: Moose

March 10, 2011, 9:50 am
When traveling to Alaska, most visitors will spend time going wildlife watching. One of the most popular animals to search for is the moose. Making their home across nearly the entire state, the animals can be spotted year round. Some of the largest moose in the world call Denali ...

Winter camping at Rocky Mountain National Park

March 4, 2011, 10:52 am
The park ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park tapped on his computer, entering the information for our backcountry camping permit. Then he stopped and looked up. "Looks like you fellas will be the only ones in the park tonight," he said. This wasn't Pony Pasture Park or even Central Park he ...

Top Ten: Winter Weekend Getaways from the City

February 18, 2011, 8:22 am
Sometimes living in a big city can make nature seem so far away. In honor of Presidents Day, we’ve decided to compile a list of parks that are located close to major metropolitan areas and perfect for a winter weekend getaway. So strap on your snowshoes and grab your ...

Explore Rocky Mountain National Park this Winter by Snowshoes or Skis

January 10, 2011, 6:59 am
For many visitors, winter is their favorite season to enjoy Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park. The park, just outside of Estes Park, Colo., is less visited but still very much open and alive with activity. Beautiful backcountry areas can be reached on snowshoes, skis, and at lower elevations - ...

Mating season means bugling elk at Rocky Mountain National Park

September 13, 2010, 9:57 am
Fall is in the air, and that means it's elk bugling season at Rocky Mountain National Park. > How many: An estimated 2,000 in the park this time of year. > Prime bugling season: Beginning of September through October. > Best spots: Moraine Park, Horseshoe Park and Upper Beaver Meadows on the ...

Climate change threatens tiny pika at Rocky Mountain National Park

February 16, 2010, 7:55 am
The tiny pika, the chirping denizen of high alpine talus slopes throughout the Rockies and in Rocky Mountain National Park, won’t be protected under the Endangered Species Act even as some pika populations disappear because of climate change. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Feb. 5 that the pika, ...

Top 10 Winter Activities in our National Parks

February 9, 2010, 12:06 pm
While the spring and summer are both great times to visit your favorite national park, why not try taking advantage of all of the winter activities the park has to offer? The crowds are gone and the lots are empty, and you’ll find the perfect spot for peace, quiet ...

Rocky Mountain National Park marks 95th birthday

January 26, 2010, 8:23 am
As park officials and advocates begin to look ahead to its 2015 centennial, Rocky Mountain National Park turns 95 years old today. On Jan. 26, 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation creating Rocky Mountain National Park, the second-to-last national park to be designated before the 1916 creation of the National ...

Two Aging Bridges near Estes Park to be Replaced

January 13, 2010, 5:48 pm
Construction crews will replace two 72-year-old bridges on U.S. 34 over the Big Thompson River just east of Estes Park.  Colorado transportation officials say the work will shut down the highway for 12 days in February and 12 more days in March. U.S. 34 is a primary route into Estes Park ...