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Hiking in Moriane Park at Rocky Mountain National Park

January 4, 2010, 8:54 am
Sunlight exploded in the sky last fall, splashing it with golds and oranges. The brilliant color came down shining through the trees as if through an old fashion lace doily. Fall is my favorite season to hike Rocky Mountain National Park`s Moraine Park area. Fall is fine, but if ...

Skiing and Showshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park

December 23, 2009, 7:52 am
Mills, Jewel and Black lakes Distance: 4-, 5- and 8-mile roundtrips Difficulty: Moderate to challenging Elevation range: 9,240 to 10,620 feet Trailhead: From the main Beaver Meadows entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, head west for a quarter of a mile to Bear Lake Road. Take Bear Lake Road 8.2 miles to Glacier ...

Current, future challenges focus for Rocky Mountain National Park

November 30, 2009, 7:46 am
John Mack hopped out of his government-issue Ford Escape one sunny mid-November day, and confirmed that a lone wind-toppled tree between campsites at Glacier Basin Campground was a lodgepole pine killed by pine beetles. Mack, natural resources branch chief at Rocky Mountain National Park, pointed to pockets of dead trees amid the lush green lodgepoles ...

Top 5 Rocky Mountain National Park ice climbs that will test you but (probably) won't kill you

November 18, 2009, 6:46 am
Many ice climbs in Colorado are close to the road and have short approaches that take no more than a half hour. In Ouray, for instance, you pretty much belay out of your car, which is why it's so popular with ice climbers who moved into it from sport climbing, where approaches are ...

Rocky Mountain National Park's impact goes well beyond natural beauty

November 16, 2009, 7:04 am
As Rocky Mountain National Park comes close to attracting 3 million visitors this year, a new study shows the park pumped more than $230 million into the economy of the surrounding region in 2008.The study, conducted by Michigan State University and the National Park Service, examines how much money ...

Park Service to track RMNP elk population

November 6, 2009, 7:36 am
With winter beginning to grip Rocky Mountain National Park, National Park Service researchers are beginning a five-month survey of the park's elk population, which has been decreasing during the past decade or so. Studying and managing the park's elk herd presents challenges here because some of the elk's preferred browsing areas are showing signs of ...

Study: Airborne nitrogen producing junk food for fish in Rocky Mountain Park lakes

November 6, 2009, 7:24 am
A study says increasing nitrogen pollution is turning algae in Rocky Mountain National Park's alpine lakes into junk food for fish. Arizona State University professor James Elser, the study's lead author, says the effect of airborne nitrogen on once-pristine lakes in the park is greater than previously believed. ...

Flights planned over Rocky Mountain National Park to estimate number of elk

October 27, 2009, 7:23 am
Planes and helicopters will fly over Rocky Mountain National Park over the next five months to estimate the number of elk in a herd that park officials want to cull. A plane and helicopter will fly at different altitudes to enhance the monitoring. The National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey are ...

Wintery weather begins to close Colorado mountain roads

October 21, 2009, 7:51 am
Weekend vacationers, hunters and traveling tourists be forewarned: Road closure season is here. Several popular high-elevation routes in Rocky Mountain National Park and Roosevelt National Forest are now closed off for the season.In Rocky Mountain National Park, Fall River Road is gated off for the season, park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said.The primary artery ...

Report: Noise could stress wildlife out

October 21, 2009, 7:48 am
A hike through the wilds of Rocky Mountain National Park or the Comanche Peak Wilderness yields the sound of rustling leaves or the calming white noise of a swift stream — sounds the National Park Service views as natural resources to be protected. Often, though, those natural sounds are interrupted by some things that ...

Environmentalists: Rocky Mountain National Park among most endangered from climate change

October 1, 2009, 6:05 am
National parks in Colorado will be on the Natural Resources Defense Council's list of America's 25 parks most vulnerable to climate change.The NRDC and Stephen Saunders of the Denver-based Rocky Mountain Climate Organization on Thursday will issue a report on the impacts of climate change on national parks. Those ...

Trail Ridge Road closed in Rocky Mountain National Park due to winter weather

September 24, 2009, 6:54 am
Trail Ridge Road remains closed today due to winter weather, officials at Rocky Mountain National Park said, with drifts of more than a foot deep on the road. The road closure is currently between Many Parks Curve and the Colorado River Trailhead. At 9:30 a.m. it was snowing at the Colorado River trailhead on the ...

Elk bugling resonates through Rocky Mountain National Park

September 23, 2009, 11:12 am
Standing next to a birch shedding its yellow leaves in a sprinkling of fall foliage last week, pre-dawn mist hovered over the heart of Moraine Park, shrouding the bull elk that were eerily piercing the crisp air with high-pitched bugles. Peering through the dim light and mist, the steady sun rose slowly, unveiling ...

Hike of the week: Rocky Mountain National Park offers gems for fall hiking

September 17, 2009, 8:39 am
Oh, the mountains are the keepers of my joy. And hiking in Colorado at Rocky Mountain National Park in the fall is the best. Following are two of my favorite fall hikes. Remember: Consult a map before heading out and invite a friend or two along.Chasm Lake: At the ...

Top 10 Leaf Peeping Destinations

September 3, 2009, 11:06 am
One of our favorite parts of autumn is beautiful change in foliage. From green to different shades of orange and red and yellow, trees in some places begin to change as early as late August. If you’re interested in some leaf peeping this fall, then plan a visit to ...