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Visitor Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).
Safety Is Our Number One Priority This visitor guide, combined with your park map, has the essential info you need for a fun, safe, and successful visit to Rocky Mountain National Park. Rocky is modifying access and visitor services to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Some facilities and events will be closed or canceled. Page 2: Things to Do Page 3: Pocket Ranger Page 5: Activity Guide Page 8: Winter Guide Page 11: Spring Guide Back: Safety Check locally and on the park website for current information, and continue to follow CDC guidelines. Thank you for your patience and cooperation. Dress for Success With the right clothing and gear, the mountains are an incredible place for winter adventures. Without them, winter in the mountains is extremely dangerous. Hypothermia is a serious risk. Watch for sleepiness, impaired judgment, lots of shivering, and slurred speech. Get a grip! Traction devices are always recommended when walking on ice and packed snow. Come prepared. Visitor services are limited. A reduced number of visitors will be allowed in facilities at a given time. Face masks are required inside all visitor facilities, and when in areas where social distancing cannot be maintained. This includes narrow or busy trails, parking lots, pulloffs, and overlooks. Cold Maintain social distancing of six feet whenever possible, especially in busy areas. Follow current local, state, and national health guidance: • If you’re sick, don’t visit the park. • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. • Avoid touching your face. • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Extreme Cold warm hat 2–3 layers gloves outer layer to keep out wind, wet snow warm hat face mask 3+ layers 1 insulating outer layer boots 1–2 layers waterproof to keep out wind gloves boots 2+ layers waterproof Weather and Altitude Keep a safe distance from wildlife—it’s the law. Winters at Rocky are extreme, with very cold temperatures, howling winds, feet of snow, and conditions that can change suddenly. 100 yards Never feed wildlife, including birds and chipmunks. It’s illegal. It makes the animals unhealthy. You could be bitten, scratched, kicked, thrown, or trampled. If you see a bear or mountain lion, stop, stay calm, and back away. Never turn your back or run away. Stand tall and raise your arms to look large. Pick up small children. Avalanches can be easily triggered when traveling in the wilderness. The park doesn’t do any avalanche control. For current conditions, check locally or visit colorado.gov/avalanche Food, Water, Restrooms, and Roads There are no food services in the park at this time of year. Food is available in the park’s gateway communities. Safe-to-drink water is available at some facilities. Don’t assume water will be available at your destination. Water from lakes and streams isn’t safe to drink unless you treat or filter it first. Limited trailhead and facility restrooms that meet public health guidance will be open. If you have to go but aren’t near a restroom, you must step well away from the trail and water sources, bury your waste at least six inches deep or pack it out in a bag, and carry out your toilet paper. Smaller park roads, Old Fall River Road, and most of Trail Ridge Road are closed. Winter driving conditions are possible at any time— be prepared. Bear Lake Road and other major paved roads remain open (weather permitting). Driving between Estes Park and Grand Lake requires a significant detour. Altitude sickness affects many visitors every year. Symptoms include headache, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, vomiting, and even unconsciousness. Altitude can also aggravate preexisting conditions like heart and lung disease. Take your time, drink water, eat, and rest. The only cure for altitude sickness is to go down to a lower altitude. CONTACT Hidden Valley Snowplay Status 970 586-1333 Park Information 970 586-1206 Emergencies Call or text 911 Website nps.gov/romo Social Media @RockyNPS Winter 2020 / Spring 2021 Never Approach Wildlife 75 yards Rocky Mountain National Park WELCOME Things to Do Visitor Centers Park rangers may be available at the following visitor centers: Rocky Mountain Conservancy nature stores are open at the following visitor centers: • Beaver Meadows • Kawuneeche • Beaver Meadows • Fall River • Kawuneeche A reduced number of visitors will be allowed in facilities at a given time. Call the Information Office for the latest info: 970586-1206 Rocky-themed merchandise can also be purchased online: rmconservancy.org. Great Horned Owlets Rocky Pocket Ranger Become a Junior Ranger No ranger-led programs are being offered this winter. Junior Rangers at Rocky have fun discovering the natural world and learning why we need to protect our national parks. We need the help of all our rangers to keep Rocky protected for many years to come! As an alternative, we’ve created a Rocky Pocket Ranger, a collection of fun activities for all ages to help you learn about and explore the park. Go to the next page to begin your adventure. Spruce tree cones There are activity books for kids ages 5 and under, 6–8, and 9+. Learn more at go.nps.gov/RockyJr. Watch Wildlife Elk All animals at Rocky are wild and unpredictable. They are not pets. Never feed or approach wildlife: you could be hurt or issued a fine (learn more on front page). If stopping a vehicle to view wildlife, pull all the way off the road, with all four wheels past the white line. Do not park on vegetation. Bighorn Sheep Black Bear Mule Deer Coyote Visit go.nps.gov/RockyWildlife for more info. And More... Bicycling Camping Fishing Bicycles are allowed on all roads open to Overnight stays must be in a campground or A Colorado state fishing license is required. motor vehicles unless otherwise posted. You designated wilderness site. A portion of Mo- Trout in the park include brown, brook, must ride single file. They aren’t allowed on raine Campground is open first-come, first- rainbow, and cutthroat. Not all park lakes trails except the East Shore Trail near Grand served in winter. Learn more about summer have reproducing populations. Learn more: Lake. Learn more: go.nps.gov/RockyBicycling. 2021 camping: go.nps.gov/RockyCamping. go.nps.gov/RockyFishing. Holzwarth Historic Site Horseback Riding Wilderness Camping Once a lodge, this historic site on the Horses have been part of Rocky’s tradition Overnight wilderness stays in winter are park’s west side is now preserved for your since its designation in 1915. Horses, mules, a serious endeavor, requiring significant enjoyment. Explore the grounds and read ponies, llamas, and burros are allowed on skill and planning. To learn more, visit the educational signage on a short walk. Learn park trails. No goats are allowed on park Beaver Meadows Wilderness Office or visit more: go.nps.gov/Holzwarth. trails. Learn more: go.nps.gov/RockyHorses. go.nps.gov/RockyWildernessCamping. 2 When you head outdoors, you leave behind established food, water, and restroom facilities; shelter from sun, wind, and weather; and easy access to emergency services. Navigating in winter can be hard. Use these tips for a safe trip: Before heading to the park: Be prepared. Bring the right gear: layers of clothing, warm outer layers, sunglasses and sunscreen, and lots of water and snacks. Don’t rely on cell phones. Many areas have no service. Carry a map and compass (or GPS) and know how to use them. Leave pets at home. Pets are prohibited on all park trails. Discuss your plans with family, friends, and park staff at visitor centers. Snowshoes and traction devices are recommended during winter and spring. Park trails are not marked or maintained for winter use. Route-finding skills are important. Don’t rely on other’s tracks which can lead you astray. Snow-covered landscapes look very different than in summer. Snow can be deep once you are offtrail. Streams and lakes can have thin ice and be very dangerous. Be avalanche aware. Visit colorado.gov/avalanche for the latest forecast. Weather and trail conditions can change quickly as snow falls and melts. Always be willing to turn around. Recommended Routes D I S TA N C E TRAILHEAD D E S T I N AT I O N ( O N E W AY ) D I F F I C U LT Y F E AT U R E S Bear Lake Bierstadt Lake 1.6 mi Moderate Dense spruce-fir forest; ends at a lake surrounded by spruce and fir trees. Emerald Lake 1.8 mi Strenuous Landscape views of the iconic Longs Peak; Two named lakes along the way - Nymph and Dream. Deer Mountain Deer Mountain 3.0 mi Strenuous Switchbacks through trees with a great view of the park. Wild Basin Copeland Falls 1.5 mi Easy Follow a winding river though pine and aspen forests to a waterfall. Calypso Cascade 3 mi Moderate Follow a winding river though pine and aspen forests to a waterfall. Copeland Falls is on the way. Ouzel Falls 3.9 mi Moderate Follow a winding river though pine and aspen forests to a waterfall. Copeland Falls and Calypso Cascade are along the way. Fall River Road Picnic Area ~1 mi Easy / Flat Snowshoe along a road through thick aspen trees and a densely wooded forest to a picnic area. East Inlet Meadow Overlook 0.5 mi Easy Snowshoe past the frozen and snow covered Adams Falls to a meadow with views of Mount Craig and surrounding peaks. Green Mountain Big Meadows 1.8 mi Moderate Snowshoe through the lodgepole pine forest to scenic Big Meadows. Coyote Valley Kawuneeche Valley 0.5 mi Easy Snowshoe through the forest and across the Colorado River to explore the Kawuneeche Valley with views of the Never Summer Mountains. Holzwarth Historic Site Historic Homestead 0.5 mi Easy Snowshoe across the Kawuneeche Valley to explore the historic homestead and 1920’s era dude ranch. Colorado River Lulu City Site 3.7 mi Moderate Snowshoe along the Colorado River, through forests and meadows, to the site of Lulu City. Route traverses avalanche terrain. Distances are from winter recreation parking The Keyhole Route to the summit of Longs Peak is NOT a hike. It’s a climb that crosses huge vertical rock faces and requires scrambling where an unroped fall would likely be fatal. Do not take this climb lightly—especially in winter. The terrain requires a high level of fitness and route-finding skills. Visitors have been injured and even died on this route. Injuries requiring rescue are very dangerous and take hours, if not days, to evacuate. Detailed info is available at go.nps.gov/LongsPeak. Longs Peak 5 Activity Guide ACTIVITY TIPS Mtn Lake To Dream 0 0 0.5mi 0.8km 0.1 0.1 0.2 49 6 -10 165 130 184 419 370 229 69 6 302 75 160 20 -34 540 425 605 1,375 1,215 750 225 20 990 245 1.3 0.8 3.7 3.7 1.3 2.4 6.1 4.7 2.9 0.8 0.8 3.4 4.0 0.8 0.5 2.3 2.3 0.8 1.5 3.8 2.9 1.8 0.5 0.5 2.1 2.5 0.7mi 1.1km Restrooms Parking Campground Picnic area Information Trailhead High avalanche risk Trail distances MARKERS NOT MAINTAINED Marked crosscountry ski trail Trail Closed road Unpaved road 12331ft 3758m Knobtop Mountain 12129ft 3697m 13153ft 4009m Taylor Peak Andrews Glacier 12486ft 3806m 12713ft 3875m C o ha a s C ny on Emerald Lake 3.5mi 5.6km dall Gorge Hallett Peak Ty n Otis Peak 12324ft 3756m Fern Lake Two Rivers Lake Flattop Mtn Lake Helene Odessa Lake Loomis Lake Notchtop Mountain 11939ft 3639m Gabletop Mountain Spruce Lake 2.2mi 3.5km Andrews Tarn 2.0mi 3.2km 10761ft 3280m Lake Haiyaha 0.7mi 1.1km 1.0mi 1.6km Sky Pond Lake of Glass Timberline Falls LE 0.2mi 0.3km 0.7mi 1.1km 0.5mi 0.8km Solitude Lake 0.5mi 0.8km To Black Lake Shelf Lake Jewel Lake Mills Lake Thatchtop 12668ft 3861m The Loch 0.6mi 1.0km 0.9mi 1.4km 0.9mi 1.4km 0.3mi 0.5km 0.4mi 0.6km 9538ft 2907m Hollowell Park Sprague Lake To Longs Peak Ranger Station Bierstadt Lake 1.5mi 2.4km 1.7mi 2.7km North To Longs Peak Ranger Station 1.4mi 2.3km 0 0 1.9mi 3.1km 0.5 Closed to camping Glacier Basin Campground 36 Tuxedo Park Closed in winter 0.5 1 Mile 1 Kilometer East Portal To Estes Park Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Beaver Meadows Entrance Station 66 Moraine Park Discovery Center 0.4mi 0.6km 0.4mi 0.6km e Road Lak ar e B 2.0mi 3.2km MORAINE PARK Park & Ride 0.3mi 0.5km Cub Lake Steep Mountain Bierstadt Lake Half Mtn 11482ft 3500m 0.8mi 1.3km Moraine Park Campground No vehicles beyond gate Trail Ridge Road to Hidden Valley Snowplay Area Route Guide Upper Beaver Meadows No vehicles beyond gate 1.5mi 2.4km 1.9mi 3.1km 1.3mi 2.1km 1.1mi 1.8km 0.5mi 0.8km il Tra Alberta 0.9mi Falls 1.4km See detail upper left 0.5mi 0.8km 2.0mi 3.2km 1.5mi 2.4km Cub Lake BEAR LAKE AREA Mount Wuh Dream Lake Fern Falls The Pool 1.7mi 2.7km CIER High risk avalanche areas are marked, but avalanches can happen almost anywhere in this area. Shuttle buses do not operate in winter. All Glacier Gorge trails can be accessed from Bear Lake. Add 0.1 miles to trail distance. Alberta Falls Bear Lake Loop Bear Bierstadt Lake from Lake Trailhead Cub Lake Dream Lake Emerald Lake Fern Lake Lake Helene Mills Lake Nymph Lake Sprague Lake Loop The Loch The Pool Falls Lake 1.9mi 3.1km To Sprague Glacier Gorge Trailhead To Moraine Park and Trail Ridge Rd Bear Lake Area Trails 0.5mi \ 0.8km 0.3mi 0.5km To Alberta ELEVATION GAIN ft m 0.3 Miles 0.4mi 0.6km Bear Lake Trailhead 0.3mi 0.5km Lake 2.0mi \ 3.2km To Bierstadt DISTANCE mi km 0.2 0.3 Kilometers 0.5mi 0.8km 9475ft 2888m Bear Lake Bear Lake Loop 0.5mi 0.8km DESTINATION one way from nearest TH North 0.3mi \ 0.5km 3.5mi 5.6km To Flattop Nymph Lake Helene 2.0mi \ 3.2km To Lake to the trailhead. r CH VA Bear Lake Corridor Trails Congestion on roads, in parking areas, and along popular trails is Rocky can be busy on winter weekends. a g e LO Winter 6 h e c n l a a A v D n GLA GORGE Route Guide Alpine Visitor Center Fall River Pass Chapin Creek Trailhead 1.5mi 2.4km Mount Chapin 12454ft 3796m Old Fall River 13514ft 4119m Mount Chiquita 13069ft 3983m Ypsilon Mountain 0.7mi 1.1km Campground Information Trail distances 13502ft 4115m Fairchild Mountain Ypsilon Lake 1.4mi 2.3km Crystal Lake 3.1mi 5.0km 1.4mi 2.3km Lawn Lake Ro Mount Tileston 11254ft 3430m Bighorn Mountain Sheep Lakes Park Deer Ridge Junction Trailhead 0.4mi 0.6km 4.5mi 7.2km Fall River Entrance Station Bla ck 34 Dark Mountain 10859ft 3310m MacGregor Mountain 10486ft 3196m Fall River Visitor Center 36 Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Beaver Meadows Entrance Station 7.3mi 11.7km Aspenglen Campground 3.0mi 4.8km 9937ft 3029m Deer Mtn Winter Gate Bear Lake Road to Moraine Park Park & Ride and Bear Lake Upper Beaver Meadows 0.9mi 1.4km 0.6mi 1.0km shoe Wildlife viewing 11463ft 3494m 34 Hor se 0.6mi 1.0km 4.3mi 6.9km 1.4mi 2.3km 4.7mi 7.6km loop Beaver Mountain Loop Winter Gate Beaver Mountain 10491ft 3198m Many Parks Curve Beaver Ponds Winter Gate Alluvial Fan Start of Old Fall River Road e Ro ad Rainbow Curve Endovalley Rive r T Sledding (winter only) Restrooms Food service Picnic area Shuttle stop r a i l R id g t er C l o se d in wi n Hidden Valley l Spectacle Lakes Chiquita Lake Trail (hiker only) Trail (horse/hiker) Unpaved road Ro O a d 9.0m Na ne-wa i / 14 rro w d y up o .5 km nly. R irt r oad oa d o p e w n i e t a h r l y n o J u guardr ly–Sep ails, tig t. ht swi tchb a c k s Chasm Falls Fal 18 354 553 195 740 908 330 330 253 685 664 876 ELEVATION GAIN ft m 60 1160 1814 640 2429 2980 1083 1083 830 2249 2180 2874 r ve Ri E G N A R Fall River Area Trails To Grand Lake Old Fall River Road • • • DISTANCE mi km • DESTINATION 0.3 0.5 4.7 7.6 1.5 2.4 2.2 3.5 2.4 3.9 7.7 12.4 3.0 4.8 10.3 16.6 1.7 2.7 6.3 10.1 4.5 7.2 3.5 5.6 Closed in winter Open to bicyclists and dogs on leash from April 1 to November 15, except during road maintenance operations and emergency closures as posted. Bicycles can go downhill only when road is closed to vehicles. When open to vehicles, bicycles must go uphill. Vehicles over 25 feet long and trailers are prohibited. Alluvial Fan Beaver Mountain Loop Mount Chapin Chasm Falls (from winter gate) Mount Chiquita (no trail) Crystal Lake Deer Mountain Deer Mountain Loop Gem Lake Lawn Lake Ypsilon Lake Ypsilon Mountain (no trail) All distances are one way from nearest trailhead. g in ar Y M M U M 0 0 The Needles 2 Kilometers Cow 4.2mi 6.8km 2 Miles 1.0mi 1.6km Balanced Rock RIDGE Cre ek 1.1mi 1.8km To Glen Haven ad To Loveland Ro Gem Lake 1.2mi 1.9km 0.5mi 0.8km l ch 34 07 To Lyons and Boulder stes Lake E 36 To Lily Lake Longs Peak and Wild Basin PARK ESTES Estes Park Visitor Center u Devils G Lumpy Ridge Trailhead 0.6mi 1.0km 0.6mi 1.0km The Twin Owls ue MacGregor Avenue LU MP Y 3.2mi 5.1km El k ho Marys Lake Road rn Av en Castle Mountain 8834ft 2693m n 10068ft 3069m nyo North Ca 66 7 Winter Activities View Wildlife Hike Seeing wildlife in winter is a thrill. Bring your field guides, binoculars, and cameras. Elk and mule deer are most active at dawn and dusk and are usually seen in meadows like Horseshoe Park, Moraine Park and Harbison Meadow. Moose are best found along the Colorado River on the park’s west side. Bighorn sheep may be seen along the Highway 34/ Fall River corridor on the park’s east side. Coyotes may be seen any time of day. Black-billed magpies, Steller’s jays, and Clark’s nutcrackers are some of our year-round birds. Believe it or not, it’s still possible to hike in winter. Lower-elevation trails on the park’s east side are often free of deep snow. Sled Snowshoe Want to sled? Go to the only place in the park it’s allowed: Hidden Valley! No tows are provided up this fairly gentle hill, so you’ll get a workout as you walk your sled, saucer, or tube up the slope and then enjoy a breather on the fun ride down. Ever thought: I’d like to hike in the winter and see the park’s beautiful backcountry, but there’s all that snow? Consider snowshoeing! Restrooms are available by the parking lot. Stay alert: skiers, snowboarders, and snowshoers may pass through. Park rangers and volunteers aren’t always on duty; sled at your own risk. For status call 970-5861333. While skis or snowshoes aren’t required, packed snow and ice can be extremely slippery. Stabilizer devices and poles are highly recommended to prevent dangerous falls and make your hike safe and enjoyable. Stay away from dangerous slopes and snowfields. When in doubt, turn around. Snowshoes, waterproof boots, and layers of clothing are essential. While optional, poles help maintain balance, and waterproof pants or gaiters help keep you warm and dry. Park trails are not marked or maintained in winter. Route finding skills are important. Don’t rely on other’s tracks which can lead you astray. Cross-country Ski Backcountry Ski/Ride Picture yourself gliding through a silent forest full of fresh, white snow. Cross-country skiing is a rejuvenating sport that pairs exercise with the beauty of nature. For the experienced and well-prepared, Rocky’s steep terrain provides many opportunities for backcountry skiers and snowboarders. (Skiing and snowboarding are not allowed in the Hidden Valley snowplay area. You may pass through, but slow down and yield the right of way to sledders.) In general, cross-country skiing is easier on the west side of the park (gentler terrain and deeper snow). However, you’re welcome to strap on your skis throughout the park. Skis and poles with large baskets are required. Waterproof pants or gaiters help keep you warm and dry. Skiers must be in control at all times and give notice when approaching others on the trail. Be prepared for variable snow conditions and harsh weather. Much of the park is in avalanche terrain. Check the avalanche forecast at avalanche.state.co.us. At a minimum, carry an avalanche beacon, probe, and shovel, and know how to use them. Be self-reliant. Your safety is your responsibility. Notes and Tips Dress for Success See the front page for clothing recommendations. Even though it might be cold, the sun is still intense at elevation, especially when reflecting off snow. Don’t forget sunglasses and sunscreen when you venture out. Know Where You Are Navigating in winter can be extremely difficult. Park trails are not marked for winter use, and you can’t depend on others’ tracks. Have and know how to use a topographic map and compass. When used correctly, GPS units can be very helpful. Don’t rely on cell phones; service is unreliable. What If I Don’t Have My Own Equipment? You can rent or purchase equipment in Estes Park and Grand Lake, including snowshoes, cross-country skis, poles, boots, sleds, tubes, saucers, gaiters, and stabilizers. Snowshoeing is always an adventure! Avalanches can be easily triggered by backcountry travelers. Educate yourself and stay alert. 8 When you think of spring what comes to mind? Feet of snow, ice, howling winds, and winter storm warnings? No? Then spring in Rocky might surprise you! As elevation increases, average annual temperature decreases. With even the lowest parts of the park sitting above 7,000 feet (2,130 m), this means that sub-freezing temperatures often extend into June (and in the high mountains, year-round). Spring “Spring” in Rocky May Surprise You This also means that, even though there may be little or no snow and somewhat warm temps near park entrances, conditions will quickly change as you drive farther into the park. Still, while spring here might be different than what you’re used to, it still shows its beautiful signs. And with the proper planning, it’s a great season to visit. Read onto learn more about how to have a safe, memorable visit. The Right Stuff Spring is a time of change. Weather shifts rapidly. Trails are different from mile to mile and day to day. When hiking in spring, bring the right gear so that you’ll be safe and comfortable in whatever conditions greet you during your visit. Bring: Multiple warm layers. Adjust to ever-changing conditions by shedding and donning layers as needed. A warm hat and gloves. You’ll be glad you have them! Warm waterproof shoes. Snow, slush, and mud are common in spring—often all on the same trail. Wind- and waterproof outer layers. Strong, bitterly-cold wind is common in Rocky. Heavy, wet snow—whether falling from the sky or melting off of trees—and rain are always a possibility. A thick coat. When the weather shifts and the going gets tough, being able to throw on a big, warm coat during rest stops can be a lifesaver. Traction devices (see photo at right). Packed snow and ice are common throughout the park and can cause dangerous slips and falls. Traction devices give you piece of mind and can help you reach your hiking objectives. Sprague Lake in April An example traction device. Signs of the Season Spring runoff under snow. Mountain bluebirds, one of the first migratory birds to return. Pasqueflowers, the first flowers to bloom in spring. Fresh May snow dusts ponderosa pine needles. 11 Safety and Regulations It is your responsibility to be safe and to know and obey park rules. You can find park safety information, rules, and regulations at visitor centers, entrance stations, trailhead bulletin boards, and the park website at nps.gov/romo. Firearm possession in the park is permitted for those legally authorized to possess firearms under federal, Colorado, or local laws. However, hunting, recreational shooting, and target practice are illegal. Federal law prohibits firearms in park buildings and facilities. Those legally allowed to carry firearms must comply with all applicable state and federal firearm laws. Emotional support (“therapy animals”) and service-animals-in-training are not service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act and may not access trails or other non-motorized areas. Rivers and streams can be deadly. Park waters are frigid. Powerful currents can knock you Campfires are permitted only over and pull you downstream or in campgrounds and picnic underwater, where you may beareas with fire grates. During high Marijuana possession and use come trapped. Streamside rocks are fire danger, campfires may be prooften slippery, and nearby water is illegal in Rocky Mountain hibited. Collecting vegetation, dead National Park and all federal lands, may be deep. Always closely superor alive, is prohibited. Extinguish vise children around all water but even though small amounts of and dispose of charcoal and ash. especially near rivers and streams. recreational marijuana are legal in Cell service is unavailable Colorado. Take only pictures. It is illegal in much of the park. Don’t to take any natural features Pets are prohibited on ALL depend on a cell phone for including pinecones, rocks, antlers, park trails, tundra, and meademergency help. and artifacts or to disturb soil, rocks, ow areas. Leashed pets are only Drones are not allowed allowed in picnic areas, parking lots, or vegetation (including flowers). anywhere in Rocky Mountain campgrounds, and along roadsides. Metal detector use is prohibited. National Park. This includes Never leave pets in vehicles if it puts Wilderness travel should be launching, landing, and operating them in danger or they become done in a group, not alone. drones. a public nuisance. When outside vehicles, pets must be on leashes no Leave a detailed trip itinerary with a Falling trees are an friend—this helps park authorities if longer than six feet. Pets may not ever-present hazard and be left tied to vehicles, trees, or oth- you fail to return. Mountain weathcan fall without warning. Be extra er objects. Service animals that have er changes quickly. If conditions are careful around dead trees when it’s been individually trained to permore difficult than anticipated, turn windy or following a snowstorm. form specific tasks for the benefit of around. Camping is only allowed in persons with disabilities are allowed designated sites with a permit. in the park. An on-snow hike to Dream and Emerald lakes using poles and traction devices.