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Rocky Mountain

National Park - Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado spans the Continental Divide and encompasses protected mountains, forests and alpine tundra. It's known for the Trail Ridge Road and the Old Fall River Road, drives that pass aspen trees and rivers. The Keyhole Route, a climb crossing vertical rock faces, leads up Longs Peak, the park’s tallest mountain. A trail surrounding Bear Lake offers views of the peaks.

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maps

1:100.000 Scale Topographic BLM Colorado Surface Management Status Map of Estes Park. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).BLM Colorado Surface Management - Estes Park - 2016

1:100.000 Scale Topographic BLM Colorado Surface Management Status Map of Estes Park. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Official Visitor Map of Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Rocky Mountain - Visitor Map

Official Visitor Map of Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Park System. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Park Units

Map of the U.S. National Park System. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Park System with Unified Regions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Park Units and Regions

Map of the U.S. National Park System with Unified Regions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Heritage Areas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Heritage Areas

Map of the U.S. National Heritage Areas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of Long Draw Campground in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).Arapaho - Long Draw Campground

Map of Long Draw Campground in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

Map of Grandview Campground in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).Arapaho - Grandview Campground

Map of Grandview Campground in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

CPW Pocket Trail Map #48: Winter Trails Map of State Forest in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.State Forest - Winter Trail Map (#48)

CPW Pocket Trail Map #48: Winter Trails Map of State Forest in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

CPW Pocket Trail Map #49: Summer Trails Map of State Forest in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.State Forest - Summer Trail Map (#49)

CPW Pocket Trail Map #49: Summer Trails Map of State Forest in Colorado. Published by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

1:100.000 Scale Topographic BLM Colorado Surface Management Status Map of Steamboat Springs. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).BLM Colorado Surface Management - Steamboat Springs - 2016

1:100.000 Scale Topographic BLM Colorado Surface Management Status Map of Steamboat Springs. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Peaceful Valley Campground in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).Arapaho - Peaceful Valley Campground

Map of Peaceful Valley Campground in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

Map of Olive Ridge Campground in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).Arapaho - Olive Ridge Campground

Map of Olive Ridge Campground in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

Map of Meeker Park Campground and Meeker Park Picnic Site in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).Arapaho - Meeker Park Campground

Map of Meeker Park Campground and Meeker Park Picnic Site in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

Map of Camp Dick Campground and Middle St. Vrain Trailhead in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).Arapaho - Camp Dick Campground

Map of Camp Dick Campground and Middle St. Vrain Trailhead in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

Map of Arapaho Bay Campground - Roaring Fork in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) and Arapaho National Recreation Area (NRA). Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).Arapaho - Arapaho Bay Campground - Roaring Fork Loop

Map of Arapaho Bay Campground - Roaring Fork in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) and Arapaho National Recreation Area (NRA). Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

Map of Arapaho Bay Campground - Moraine Loop in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) and Arapaho National Recreation Area (NRA). Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).Arapaho - Arapaho Bay Campground - Moraine Loop

Map of Arapaho Bay Campground - Moraine Loop in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) and Arapaho National Recreation Area (NRA). Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

Map of Arapaho Bay Campground - Big Rock Loop in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) and Arapaho National Recreation Area (NRA). Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).Arapaho - Arapaho Bay Campground - Big Rock Loop

Map of Arapaho Bay Campground - Big Rock Loop in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) and Arapaho National Recreation Area (NRA). Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

Map of Bull Mountain Campground in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).Arapaho - Bull Mountain Campground

Map of Bull Mountain Campground in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

Map of Cutthroat Bay Group Campground in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF), Arapaho National Recreation Area (NRA) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).Arapaho - Cutthroat Bay Group Campground

Map of Cutthroat Bay Group Campground in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF), Arapaho National Recreation Area (NRA) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

Map of Green Ridge Campground and Green Ridge Boating Site in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).Arapaho - Green Ridge Campground - West

Map of Green Ridge Campground and Green Ridge Boating Site in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

Map of Green Ridge Campground and Shadow Mountain Dam Trailhead in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).Arapaho - Green Ridge Campground - East

Map of Green Ridge Campground and Shadow Mountain Dam Trailhead in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

Map of Stillwater Campground and Stillwater Boating Site in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).Arapaho - Stillwater Campground

Map of Stillwater Campground and Stillwater Boating Site in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

Map of Sunset Point Campground in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF), Arapaho National Recreation Area (NRA) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).Arapaho - Sunset Point Campground

Map of Sunset Point Campground in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF), Arapaho National Recreation Area (NRA) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

Map of Willow Creek Campground and Group Campground in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF), Arapaho National Recreation Area (NRA) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).Arapaho - Willow Creek Campground

Map of Willow Creek Campground and Group Campground in Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests (NF), Arapaho National Recreation Area (NRA) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

1:100.000 Scale Topographic BLM Colorado Surface Management Status Map of Fort Colins. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).BLM Colorado Surface Management - Fort Colins - 2012

1:100.000 Scale Topographic BLM Colorado Surface Management Status Map of Fort Colins. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of the Summer Designated Bike Route System in White River National Forest (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).,White River - Summer Bike Routes

Map of the Summer Designated Bike Route System in White River National Forest (NF) in Colorado. Published by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).,

1:100.000 Scale Topographic BLM Colorado Surface Management Status Map of Walden. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).BLM Colorado Surface Management - Walden - 2012

1:100.000 Scale Topographic BLM Colorado Surface Management Status Map of Walden. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

brochures

Official Brochure of Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Rocky Mountain - Brochure

Official Brochure of Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Visitor Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Visitor Guides - Summer/Fall 2021

Visitor Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Visitor Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Visitor Guides - Winter/Spring 2020/2021 - Pocket Ranger Insert

Visitor Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Visitor Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Visitor Guides - Winter/Spring 2020/2021

Visitor Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Guide for Trail Ridge Road Alternate Routes at Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Trail Guides - Trail Ridge Road Alternate Routes

Guide for Trail Ridge Road Alternate Routes at Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Guide to the Alpine Trail at Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Trail Guides - Alpine Trail Guide

Guide to the Alpine Trail at Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Bear Lake Summer Trail Guide for Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Trail Guides - Bear Lake Summer Trail Guide

Bear Lake Summer Trail Guide for Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Bear Lake Winter Trail Guide for Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Trail Guides - Bear Lake Winter Trail Guide

Bear Lake Winter Trail Guide for Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Guide to East Side Winter Trails at Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Trail Guides - East Side Winter Trails

Guide to East Side Winter Trails at Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Fall River Trail Guide for Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Trail Guides - Fall River Trail Guide

Fall River Trail Guide for Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Kawuneeche Valley Trail Guide for Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Trail Guides - Kawuneeche Valley Trail Guide

Kawuneeche Valley Trail Guide for Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Guide to Ski Touring and Snowshoeing Trails in the Kawuneeche Valley at Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Trail Guides - Kawuneeche Valley Winter Trail Guide

Guide to Ski Touring and Snowshoeing Trails in the Kawuneeche Valley at Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Longs Peak Trail Guide for Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Trail Guides - Longs Peak Trail Guide

Longs Peak Trail Guide for Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Longs Peak - Keyhole Route Trail Guide for Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Trail Guides - Longs Peak - Keyhole Route

Longs Peak - Keyhole Route Trail Guide for Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Lumpy Ridge Trail Guide for Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Trail Guides - Lumpy Ridge Trail Guide

Lumpy Ridge Trail Guide for Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Summer Wild Basin Trail Guide for Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Trail Guides - Wild Basin Trail Guide - Summer

Summer Wild Basin Trail Guide for Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Winter Wild Basin Trail Guide for Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Trail Guides - Wild Basin Trail Guide - Winter

Winter Wild Basin Trail Guide for Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Wilderness Campsite Map for Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Trail Guides - Wilderness Campsite Map

Wilderness Campsite Map for Rocky Mountain National Park (NP) in Colorado. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

https://www.nps.gov/romo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Mountain_National_Park Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado spans the Continental Divide and encompasses protected mountains, forests and alpine tundra. It's known for the Trail Ridge Road and the Old Fall River Road, drives that pass aspen trees and rivers. The Keyhole Route, a climb crossing vertical rock faces, leads up Longs Peak, the park’s tallest mountain. A trail surrounding Bear Lake offers views of the peaks. Rocky Mountain National Park's 415 square miles (265,807 acres) encompasses a spectacular range of mountain environments. From meadows found in the montane life zone to glistening alpine lakes and up to the towering mountain peaks, there is something for everyone to discover. Along the way explore over 300 miles of hiking trails and incredible wildlife viewing. Rocky Mountain National Park is located in northern Colorado. To visit the east side (near Estes Park, CO), follow U.S. I-25 to U.S. Hwy 34 or 36 west to Estes Park. To visit the west side of the park, follow I-70 to U.S Hwy 40 towards Granby, take US Hwy 34 east to Grand Lake, CO. During the winter season (mid-Oct to late-May), Trail Ridge Road, which connects the east and west sides of RMNP is closed to thru travel. In the summer, CDOT's Bustang offers bus service to the east side of RMNP on Sat/Sun only. Alpine Visitor Center Located along Trail Ridge Road, this is the highest elevation visitor center in the National Park System at 11,796'. Alpine Visitor Center is closed for the season. Fall River Pass at the junction of Trail Ridge and Old Fall River roads. Check the status of Trail Ridge Road by calling 970-586-1222. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Beaver Meadows Visitor Center is located west of Estes Park on U.S. Highway 36. The Rocky Mountain Conservancy Nature Store is located inside the visitor center building. When entering the park through the main entrance on US Hwy 36, Beaver Meadows Visitor Center will be on your left. Fall River Visitor Center The Fall River Visitor Center is located west of Estes Park on U.S. Highway 34. Due to a significant winter storm, Fall River Visitor Center is closed on Friday, March 14, 2024. U.S. Highway 34, five miles west of the town of Estes Park. Shares building with Gateway Store. Holzwarth Historic Site Have you ever wondered what life as a homesteader and rancher in the 1920s would have been like? Take a step back in time and visit the Holzwarth Historic Site. The historic buildings are closed for the 2023 season. The grounds are open to visitors 24-hours a day. On the west side of Trail Ridge Road/US Highway 34, about seven miles north of the Grand Lake Entrance Station. The lodge buildings are reached by a half mile walkway from the parking lot. A walking path connects the various buildings. Kawuneeche Visitor Center The Kawuneeche Visitor Center is located north of Grand Lake on U.S. Highway 34. One mile north of the town of Grand Lake on the east side of Trail Ridge Road/ US Highway 34 at the entrance to the park Moraine Park Discovery Center The Moraine Park Discovery Center is closed for the 2023-2024 winter season. On Bear Lake Road, 1.5 miles from the Beaver Meadows Entrance. Sheep Lakes Information Station Sheep Lakes, located in Horseshoe Park, is a great place to view wildlife. Sheep Lakes Parking Lot is open year-round 24 hours daily. The Sheep Lakes Information Station is open and staffed during the summer season from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. In Horseshoe Park on US Hwy 34 west of Estes Park. Aspenglen Campground Aspenglen Campground is open for winter camping through noon on May 20, 2024. During the winter season, camp sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 1) Visit Aspenglen and select an open campsite. Place some camping gear to show that the site is occupied. 2) Pay the nightly fee of $30 per site, per night. You can pay at the Fall River Entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. 3) Return to Aspenglen Campground. Pick up a registration tag. Fill out and post the completed tag at your site. Camping Fee - Winter 30.00 Per site, per night Aspenglen Campground Road through pines with tent sites Aspenglen Campground is nestled in a pine forest near Fall River Campsite with popup camper and comfort station Popup camper at campsite with picnic table and comfort station A typical campsite at Aspenglen Campground. Aspenglen Comfort Station Comfort station set in trees A comfort station (restroom) at Aspenglen Campground. Food Storage Locker A visitor places food in a food storage locker Use food storage lockers to protect food from bears and other wildlife. Glacier Basin Campground Glacier Basin Campground is closed for the winter. Glacier Basin Campground is a seasonal campground open late May through mid-September. Camping Fee 35.00 Per site per night Camping Fee (Small Group) 50.00 Per site per night for groups of 9–15 people Camping Fee (Medium Group) 60.00 Per site per night for groups of 16–25 people Camping Fee (Large Group) 70.00 Per site per night for groups of 26–40 people Glacier Basin Campsite Tents in the foreground with snowy peaks behind Tents at Glacier Basin Campground RVs Camping in Glacier Basin Campground RVs are parking in camp sites in Glacier Basin Campground Glacier Basin Campground - RVs Night Sky Program at Glacier Basin Stars shine in the night sky above Glacier Basin Glacier Basin is a great place to view the stars! Longs Peak Campground Longs Peak Campground is closed for the 2023/2024 winter season. It typically re-opens in July. Located about 20 minutes south of Estes Park on Hwy 7. This small, tents-only campground is forested and at a fairly high elevation of 9500 feet (3000 m). This campground has vault toilets and does not have any water. Campers must bring their own drinking water when camping at Longs Peak Campground. Camping Fee 30.00 The fee to camp at Longs Peak Campground is $30 per site, per night. There are no flushable toilets and campers need to bring their own drinkable water. Longs Peak Campground Paved road with sign in background Longs Peak Campground has paved roads. Longs Peak Campground Large Site Two tents site in a large wooded campsite Longs Peak has a variety of campsite sizes. Longs Peak Campground Small Site Tent in the foreground with mountains behind Longs Peak Campground has beautiful small tent sites. Moraine Park Campground Moraine Park Campground is closed through early June 2024 for a major rehabilitation project. For details, visit https://www.nps.gov/romo/getinvolved/moraine-park-campground-and-headquarters-east-utility-rehabilitation-project.htm Camping Fee 30.00 The camping fee is a per site, per night fee. Moraine Park Campground Amphitheater Large amphitheater in foreground with snowy mountains behind Moraine Park has a beautiful amphitheater hosting ranger programs every summer evening. Moraine Park Campground Site Dirt campsite shaded by pine trees An individual site at Moraine Park Campground. Winter Camping in Moraine Park Campground An orange tent is set up in the snow for winter camping in a campsite in Moraine Park Campground Winter Camping in Moraine Park Campground Moraine Park Campground Solar Showers Two stalls set up for solar showers Have a solar shower? Moraine Park has facilities to help you use it. Moraine Park Campground Group Site A group site with multiple tents and extra space A group site at Moraine Park Campground. Timber Creek Campground Timber Creek Campground is closed. This campground is a seasonal campground open during the summer season. Camping Fee 35.00 Per site per night Timber Creek Campground RVs and tents set up in Timber Creek Campground Timber Creek Campground Tent site at Timber Creek Campground Tent and bear box at Timber Creek Campground Tent site at Timber Creek Campground Spring Hiking in Rocky A hiker in spring is walking on snow, wearing traction devices. Hiking in RMNP in April and early May Hiking on the Alpine Communities Trail in Summer Park visitors are walking on the paved Alpine Communities Trail in summer. Tundra Communities Trail Fuels Project at Rocky Mountain National Park Helps Protect Park and Local Community from Future Fires Piles created from the Wind-E-Portal Fuels Reduction Project Piles created from the Wind-E-Portal Fuels Reduction Project Planning for the Future of the Dragonfly Mercury Project Article on the 2019 Dragonfly Mercury Project steering committee meeting at Rocky Mountain National Park. People searching a pond with nets. Fern Lake Fire Offers Challenges and Opportunities in Rocky Mountain NP The Fern Lake fire in Rocky Mountain NP began in steep terrain with beetle-killed timber. Direct attack would put firefighters at unnecessary risk, so managers indirectly attacked the fire when the time was right, where success was likely. They scouted existing firelines away from beetle-killed trees and established action points that would trigger pre-evacuation. By mid-December, the Fern Lake fire was 3,498 acres. The fire destroyed one private cabin in the park. Factors Affecting the Wilderness Experience What sights and sounds influence a wilderness experience for backcountry visitors in Rocky Mountain National Park? Volunteers distributed a survey, camera, and journal to hikers at trailheads. Wildland Fire: Fuels Projects Help on Fern Lake Fire The Fern Lake fire in Rocky Mountain National Park (ROMO) quickly doubled in size on December 1, 2012, prompting the evacuation of more than 600 residents of Estes Park. The fire engulfed a cabin in the Kaley Cottage housing area, which started multiple spot fires. Firefighters were successful in saving the rest of the structures largely due to several years of hazard fuels and bark beetle mitigation projects. The fuels work helped create a fire-adapted community. Wildland Fire: Flexible Management Leads to Ecological Benefits Lightning ignited the Big Meadows fire in Rocky Mountain National Park in June 2013 and spread rapidly to 400 acres. The fire was managed with protection-based objectives, and managers leveraged strategies and tactics to maximize ecological benefits. The fire was stopped from moving south or west, towards values at risk, but was allowed to move to north and east into tundra, effectively containing the fire while benefitting the ecosystem. Students, Alpine Hotshots Form Bond through Rocky Mountain Fire Training Program The “Fire!” program links students from Eagle Rock School with Alpine Interagency Hotshot Crew members and ecologists from Rocky Mountain National Park and the NPS Continental Divide Research Learning Center. The course is based on experiential learning through a hands-on approach, including physical training standards. Students learn about succession and fire’s effects on ecosystems and work out scenarios to apply what they learned about fire suppression. NPS Structural Fire Program Highlights 2014 Intern Accomplishments NPS Geodiversity Atlas—Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Each park-specific page in the NPS Geodiversity Atlas provides basic information on the significant geologic features and processes occurring in the park. Links to products from Baseline Geologic and Soil Resources Inventories provide access to maps and reports. [Site Under Development] alpine landscape Cleaner Snow Reveals Cleaner Air in Rocky Mountain Network Parks Few things look more pristine than a fresh blanket of snow, yet each snowflake naturally carries small particles from the atmosphere. When snowflakes build around these particles, the resulting snowfall can bring pollutants from far away into our national parks. Long-term snow chemistry monitoring is showing some improvements in air quality at Glacier and Rocky Mountain National Parks, and Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Snowpack Sampling at Apgar Lookout in Glacier National Park Fire Effects Monitoring Rocky Mountain National Park's Fire Effects crew is busy all summer long monitoring plots and responding to fire. Learn more about a day in the life of a Fire Effects Monitor. Fire effect crew identify vegetation along a transect line Aspen Age Distribution How do recent patterns of aspen establishment in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) compare to long-term trends? Elk browsing on aspen in Horseshoebend Park, 1931. Effects of Beaver Dams on Riparian Areas What is the role of beaver dams on hydrological processes in montane riparian areas? Beaver swimming Plant Response to Ozone Are high concentrations of ambient ozone damaging plant leaves in Rocky Mountain National Park? Dr. Kohut teaches park staff to recognize ozone injury. Wind Research What are the wind patterns in Rocky Mountain National Park? Bighorn Sheep Population What is the abundance and distribution of bighorn sheep in Rocky Mountain National Park? What are the survival rates of bighorn lambs? Bighorn ram Population Genetics of Bighorn Sheep Is the Mummy Range bighorn sheep population subject to negative effects from inbreeding after a recent pneumonia-induced population die-off ? A ram stands on a rock Moose Summer Diet What do moose eat during the summer in the park? Moose browsing on woody plant Fire History and Climate Change Using cores taken from the sediments of Bear Lake, scientists compared the fire and vegetative history of the area with radiocarbon dates of the various strata. Raise Awareness about Wildland Fires Raise your awareness about wildfires so you can be prepared! Wildfire season rotates around the country, but a wildfire could happen at any time if the conditions are right. Fire is a natural part of our world. People can take steps to help reduce their properties’ exposure to wildfire. Crystal Clear: Occurrence, Sources, and Potential for Biodegradation of Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals in Surface Water . A multi-year project was started to provide information to park managers about the ecological risks posed by endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC) introduced to park waters primarily through air transport (deposition). Previous studies have demonstrated that EDC deposition, accumulation within fish and other animals, and endocrine disruption (hormonal changes) are significant in remote surface-water ecosystems of the park. an otter on a snowy bank Park Air Profiles - Rocky Mountain National Park Air quality profile for Rocky Mountain National Park. Gives park-specific information about air quality and air pollution impacts for Rocky Mountain NP as well as the studies and monitoring conducted for Rocky Mountain NP. Bighorn sheep in Rocky Mountain National Park Rocky Mountain National Park Wildland Fire Crew Honors Fallen Firefighters The wildland fire crew at Rocky Mountain National Park culminated “A Week to Remember” by completing the arduous “Hotshot 19” workout. The wildland fire community designated the week June 30–July 6, 2014, to mark the anniversaries of two tragic fire seasons, 1994 and 2013, and to pay respects to all wildland firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty. Firefighters also discussed lessons learned from these incidents in hopes of avoiding future tragedies. Local Relationships Limit Woodland Heights Fire Damage Rocky Mountain National Park’s excellent relationship with the Estes Park Fire Department allowed for rapid response, and collaboration limited damage during the Woodland Heights fire. One exact drop from a helitanker stopped a run up a saddle that had a high potential to continue into downtown Estes Park. NPS employees saved numerous homes by building direct line and extinguishing hot spots with the engine. The fire destroyed 22 homes and two outbuildings. Fire Communication and Education Grants Enhance Fire Interpretation and Outreach in the National Parks in 2015 and Beyond The 2015 National Park Service Fire Communication and Education Grant Program provided funding for projects, programs, or tasks in twelve parks around the country. A woman studies a small coniferous tree while a younger woman looks on. Wildland Fire: Pile Burning at Rocky Mountain NP During winter 2011-2012, crews in Rocky Mountain National Park burned 5,681 large debris piles containing hazardous fuels cleared from 497 acres of high-risk areas when conditions were wet and adequate smoke dispersal was expected. There were no lost-time injuries during this complex fuel reduction project. The highly experienced crew came up with new and additional methods, procedures, and mitigations to reduce the possibility of injuries occurring. Piles of wood and woody material stacked in tipi shapes in wilderness Glacial Meltwater Controls the Distribution of Benthic Invertebrate Communities in Alpine Lakes Is the meltwater emanating from glacial retreat changing the insect communities that live on the sediment bottom of high elevation lakes? How will this affect paleoclimatic studies that use these insects to reconstruct temperatures over millennial time scales? Post-fire Vegetation Response at Chickaree Lake Barrie Chileen, a recent graduate of Kansas State University, studied lake cores from Chickaree Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park to determine vegetation response following fire events. Chickaree Lake Surrounded by lodgepole pine forest Reducing Congestion in Rocky Mountain National Park's Bear Lake Corridor Learn about the use of dynamic message board signs by Rocky Mountain National Park and their local and federal partners to reduce congestion. dynamic message board sign along road, mountain in distance Nitrogen Deposition Correlated with Changes in Lake Organisms Is atmospheric deposition of nitrogen to park lakes changing algae communities? View of Sky Pond, one of the lakes in the study. Effects of Browsing and Fire on Shrublands What are the combined effects of ungulate browsing and prescribed fire on montane shrubland communitites? Firefighters and fire across the montane shrublands. Elk and Moose Exclusion Fence Can fences be designed that will exclude elk and moose from willow rehabilitation areas but allow passage of smaller mammals? Photo from a motion camera of a deer inside the fence. Black Bear Population and Stability Scientists work to discover population size and stability of black bears in Rocky Mountain National Park. Close-up of a black bear Climbing the Longs Peak Keyhole Route How many visitors hike on the East Longs Peak Trail and how many visitors summit via the Keyhole Route? View of Longs Peak Simulated Beaver Structures In September 2019, simulated beaver structures were constructed along two streams in Rocky Mountain National Park. This Frequently Asked Questions highlights the project, why it is being done, and how it came about. Water cascades over wooden structure across a small stream Student Citizen Scientists Explore Phenology Student citizen scientists from Eagle Rock School collected data on plant and animal activities and documented their observations during a 5-week course based around the Lily Lake Phenology walk at Rocky Mountain National Park. Students, wearing safety vests, gather around a shrub at the base of a tree. Uncovering Civilian Conservation Corps Camps in Rocky Mountain National Park Following the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps as a way to employ thousands of young men across the country. Many of these men worked on projects within national parks. Archeologists uncovered remains of six CCC camps in and around Rocky Mountain National Park. Camp NP-3-C Pikas in Peril The National Park Service stewards pika populations in more than a dozen parks and seeks to understand the vulnerability of pikas and other mountain species to climate change. Pikas in Peril, funded in 2010, was a collaborative research program directed by scientists from the National Park Service, Oregon State University, University of Idaho, and University of Colorado-Boulder. Profile of a pika on rough, dark red lava rock. © Michael Durham Preparing for What We Have Never Seen Before Aiming to learn from the Chimney Tops 2 fire, a workshop was organized of emergency responders from in and around the Estes Park area. The overarching objective was to understand how local, county, state, and federal agencies would work together during a catastrophic wildfire scenario. Emergency Responder Workshop Recipe for Mountain Lake Conservation After a long hike through the mountains, nothing compares to the inspiring beauty of a healthy, colorful mountain lake. But airborne nitrogen pollution threatens the health and function of these alpine oases. man sits by mountain lake Cleaning Up the Eugenia Mine Should the remains of the Eugenia Mine on the slopes of Longs Peak be cleaned up to reduce the runoff of heavy metals? A sign that remains on the miners cabin near Eugenia Mine Effects of the Grand Ditch What are the ecological effects of the Grand Ditch water diversion on riparian areas in the Kawuneeche Valley? View of the Grand Ditch alongside road with mountains in the background Effects of Elk Herbivory How is the large population of elk affecting the park’s vegetation and soils? Elk bugling Elk Body Condition Have elk reached ecological carrying capacity in Rocky? Is population growth limited by food availability? Dr. Willard’s Alpine Tundra Research Plots Dr. Beatrice Willard (1925-2003) was a beloved and respected tundra ecologist. In 1959 she established research plots in Rocky Mountain National Park. At these plots Dr. Willard examined the "complexity of dynamic processes set in motion by visitor impact" for approximately 40 years. Dr. Willard’s work at the plots and the subsequent influence she had over national environmental policy is of great importance to our Nation’s history. Bettie Willard and fellow CEQ members provide Richard Nixon with an annual environmental report. Checking Rocky's Vital Signs In 2007, the Rocky Mountain Inventory and Monitoring Network—a small team of NPS scientists—began monitoring natural resources, called “vital signs,” in Rocky and nearby parks. Vital signs indicate park health and serve as red flags if conditions deteriorate. Results from monitoring these vital signs support park managers’ efforts to make science-based management decisions. Learn about the NPS Inventory and Monitoring Program and its work in Rocky Mountain National Park. two people in life jackets stand in a small, forested stream holding a measuring tape Subalpine Forest Fires and Climatic Variation How does fire occurrence relate to climate variability? Smoke from wildfire The Formation of the Never Summer Range What is the chemical composition of young volcanic rocks in the Never Summer Range? Diagram of volcanic rocks on Specimen Mountain Rock Glacier Response to Climate Change How will a change in temperature affect permafrost distribution? Scientist uses radar to measure permafrost. Prehistoric Human Migration What were prehistoric human migratory patterns within the park? Backcountry Users: Who? Why? What? Who is using the backcountry in Rocky Mountain National Park? Why are they here and what do they want? A large group hiking on a trail. Little Willows at Great Heights here are 17 documented species of willow in Rocky Mountain National Park, and four of them make a living on the alpine tundra. Willow plants provide habitat and food for a variety of species including the white-tailed ptarmigan, but research shows a decrease in their overall cover and size. Who might be to blame? Short willow with white seed fluff grow on the tundra amid wildflowers. McGraw Ranch Cultural Landscape The McGraw Ranch, located on the eastern side of Rocky Mountain National Park to the northeast of Estes Park, Colorado, was originally settled as a working cattle ranch. The McGraw family purchased the property in 1908, and in 1936 they transformed it into a guest ranch. Several of the buildings were transformed and guest cabins were added to accommodate visitors. The landscape helps preserve the history of cattle and dude ranching in the vicinity of Estes Park. A wooden fence frames the landscape, including grass, a row of buildings, a tree-covered hills. Moraine Park Museum and Amphitheater Cultural Landscape The Moraine Park Museum and Amphitheater sits in the northeast corner of Moraine Park, at the base of Eagle Cliff Mountain. In 1936, the CCC converted the Moraine Lodge's Assembly Hall into a National Park Service museum. Built in the same year, the amphitheater's naturalistic design reflected the conservation efforts of the National Park Service during the 1930s when hand labor was readily available from the CCC. Moraine Park Amphitheater, 2010 (C. Mardorf, NPS) Wildland Fire in Ponderosa Pine: Western United States This forest community generally exists in areas with annual rainfall of 25 inches or less. Extensive pure stands of this forest type are found in the southwestern U.S., central Washington and Oregon, southern Idaho and the Black Hills of South Dakota. Recently burned ponderosa pine forest. A tale of two sides of the mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park In 1997 a group of scientists led by Dr. Jill Baron, an ecologist at the US Geological Survey (USGS), designed a study in Rocky Mountain National Park, in Colorado. Baron and her colleagues wanted to understand how mountain ecosystems respond to air pollution. A mountain view with trees and a small alpine lake Butterfly Survey at Lava Cliffs Each summer, Stephanie Mason, a Senior Naturalist with the Audubon Naturalist Society, spends six weeks in Rocky Mountain National Park documenting butterfly species along 20 transects as part of the Rocky Mountain Butterfly Project. In August 2019, Science Communication Intern Vishva Nalamalapu joined Stephanie to experience a typical day of butterfly surveys. Grey butterfly siting wings open on grey and brown rocks. Honoring the past and celebrating the present: 100 years of research at Rocky Mountain National Park First in a series of five articles celebrating the Rocky Mountain National Park centennial that reviews aspects of science applied to park stewardship since the park’s founding in 1915. Portion of cyclic adaptive management framework illustration Pollinators - Hummingbirds Hummingbirds (family Trochilidae) are amazingly adapted pollinators, and they play an important role in pollination. A flying hummingbird hovers next to a red flower Parks, pikas, and physiological stress: Implications for long-term monitoring of an NPS climate-sensitive sentinel species Baseline values of physiological stress can be incorporated into monitoring plans for pikas, providing park managers with additional information related to the vulnerability of this climate-sensitive model species that occurs within a large number of western parks. American pika (Copyright Dick Orleans) Pollinators - Bumble bee Get the buzz on bumblebees! There are approximately 46 species of bumble bees (genus Bombus) native to North America and 250 species worldwide—all dependent on flowering plants. A bumblebee lands on a white flower Inspiring the future: The next 100 years of research and learning at Rocky Mountain National Park Fifth in a series of five articles celebrating the Rocky Mountain National Park centennial that reviews aspects of science applied to park stewardship since the park’s founding in 1915. The role of science through a century of elk and habitat management at Rocky Mountain National Park Second in a series of five articles celebrating the Rocky Mountain National Park centennial that reviews aspects of science applied to park stewardship since the park’s founding in 1915. Scientists collect biological samples and affix a radio-collar on an anesthetized elk Nature, history, and environmental history at Rocky Mountain National Park Fourth in a series of five articles celebrating the Rocky Mountain National Park centennial that reviews aspects of science applied to park stewardship since the park’s founding in 1915. Workshop participants gather in Moraine Park in 2014, Rocky Mountain National Park A Vast Moving Caravan: Roads and Tourism How have roads and road building shaped the history and landscape of the park? Advertisement from 1913 for the Union Pacific depicting roads in the region. National Park Service Commemoration of the 19th Amendment In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment the National Park Service has developed a number of special programs. This includes online content, exhibits, and special events. The National Park Service’s Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems (CRGIS) announces the release of a story map that highlights some of these programs and provides information for the public to locate and participate. Opening slide of the 19th Amendment NPS Commemoration Story Map High elevations under threat from nitrogen deposition: Air quality monitoring, research, and management at Rocky Mountain National Park Third in a series of five articles celebrating the Rocky Mountain National Park centennial that reviews aspects of science applied to park stewardship since the park’s founding in 1915. Wet deposition monitoring collectors at Loch Vale watershed, Rocky Mountain National Park Planning for Wildfire Response in the Era of COVID-19: Alpine Hotshots, a Case Study The summer of 2020 presented a new set of challenges to firefighters as the global COVID-19 pandemic reshaped how people interact, gather, travel, and work. The National Park Service Alpine Hotshot Crew found innovative ways to mitigate the risk of exposure to firefighters, while continuing to provide their essential public service. Wood sign that says Alpine Hotshots Series: Parks in Science History Parks in Science History is a series of articles and videos made in cooperation with graduate students from various universities. They highlight the roles that national parks have played in the history of science and, therefore, the world's intellectual heritage. A woman looking through binoculars Series: Crystal Clear: A Call to Action In 2016, the nation celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service (NPS) as the steward of special places that represent our natural and cultural heritage. Many national parks were founded on the beauty and value of water. Since the preservation of the Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park in 1872, the National Park System has grown to include significant examples within majestic rivers, the Great Lakes, oceans and coasts, and other spectacular water resources. bright blue lake green islands in between Series: Park Air Profiles Clean air matters for national parks around the country. Photo of clouds above the Grand Canyon, AZ Places of Katharine Lee Bates and “America the Beautiful” The opening lines of “America the Beautiful” first struck Katharine Lee Bates atop Pikes Peak in the Rocky Mountains. During the summer of 1893, she embarked on a journey across the United States. Originally written as a poem, many of the lines in Bates’ ode to the American landscape refer to geographical features she encountered during her travels. black and white portrait of Katharine Lee Bates The Precambrian The Precambrian was the "Age of Early Life." During the Precambrian, continents formed and our modern atmosphere developed, while early life evolved and flourished. Soft-bodied creatures like worms and jellyfish lived in the world's oceans, but the land remained barren. Common Precambrian fossils include stromatolites and similar structures, which are traces of mats of algae-like microorganisms, and microfossils of other microorganisms. fossil stromatolites in a cliff face Wildland Fire in Lodgepole Pine The bark of lodgepoles is thin, which does not protect the trunks from scorching by fire. They die easily when a fire passes through. However, the serotinous cones give lodgepole pine a special advantage for spreading seeds for the next generation. Close-up of the needles of a lodgepole pine. Connie Rudd: Defining a Career Path Connie Rudd's career with the National Park Service began as a seasonal ranger in 1979. Her continual desire to learn propelled her to various sites and positions in interpretation, planning, and management until 2014, when she retired as Park Superintendent. In this Spotlight article, Rudd reflects on her career path, changes in interpretation, and being in upper management as a woman. Part of "Women’s Voices: Women in the National Park Service Oral History Project." Connie Rudd smiles for a portrait in an outdoor setting, wearing a NPS uniform and flathat More Than “Just” A Secretary If you’re only familiar with modern office practices, you may not recognize many of jobs necessary to run an office or national park over much of the past hundred years. Today, typewriters have given way to computers, photocopy machines have replaced typing pools, stenographers are rarely seen outside of courtrooms, and callers are largely expected to pick extensions from digital directories. Women skiing The Women Naturalists Only two early women park rangers made the transition to park naturalists. Having resigned her permanent ranger position after her marriage, Marguerite Lindsley Arnold returned to Yellowstone National Park under the temporary park ranger (naturalist) title from 1929 to 1931. Yosemite rehired Ranger Enid Michael as temporary naturalist each summer from 1928 to 1942. A handful of other parks hired a few new women under the newly created ranger-naturalist designation. Polly Mead, a woman park ranger-naturalist is giving a talk outdoors to a group of visitors. 1931 The Job is His, Not Yours In the early 1950s, park wives continued to function as they had from the 1920s to the 1940s. The NPS still got Two For the Price of One, relying on women to keep monuments in the Southwest running, to give freely of their time and talents, to build and maintain park communities, and to boost morale among park staffs. With the creation of the Mission 66 Program to improve park facilities, the NPS found new ways to put some park wives to (unpaid) work. Man and woman with telescope Substitute Rangers As the 1940s dawned, the United States was still dealing with the economic woes of the Great Depression and trying not to get drawn in WWII. Even as it continued to manage New Deal Program work in national and state parks, the NPS remained understaffed as a government bureau. The emergency relief workers and about 15 percent of NPS staff enlisted or were drafted during the first couple of years of WWII. Winifred Tada, 1940. (Courtesy of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin) Change in Holocene Treeline, Paleoclimate, and High Altitude Hunting Systems in Rocky Mountain NP More than eighty high altitude game drives are known along Colorado’s continental divide, but until recently there has been limited understanding of the interactive effect of cyclical climate and ecosystem change on Holocene alpine tundra hunting systems. UNC researchers produced a reconstruction of game drive use and elevation-specific environmental zone shifts. Series: Curiosity Kit: Katharine Lee Bates Curiosity Kits inspire exploration and learning of history through place. These multi-piece resources include articles that explore historic places and provide educational activities for life-long learners. This kit focuses on Katharine Lee Bates, author of what became the song “America the Beautiful.” Learn about some of the places associated with her life and work. You’ll also find activities and discussion questions for learners of all ages. Katharine Lee Bates “A New Attraction” States licensed women hunting and fishing guides as early as the 1890s, but in national parks the emphasis was on nature study and tours for visitors. It’s commonly thought that Rocky Mountain National Park was the first park to license women guides in 1917, but there was at least one licensed woman guide working at Glacier National Park four years earlier. Collage of newspaper photographs featuring portraits of women Balm of Gilead Trees at McGraw Ranch When John and Irene McGraw moved to Colorado from Pennsylvania in 1909, Irene McGraw planted several Balm of Gilead trees to reminded her of the family garden back east. In addition to the sense of familiarity, the trees provided shade around the main house and adjacent cabins. While two of the original Balm of Gilead trees have fallen down, several trees continue to grow in their original locations on the property, which is now used as a research and learning center. Leafless Balm of Gilead trees stand beside a cabin in a clearing in a rural, mountain landscape. Lessons Learned 2020 Fires: Rocky Mountain National Park Partnerships Lessons Learned 2020 Fires: Rocky Mountain National Park Partnerships Title page: 2020 Fires Lessons Learned Rocky Mountain National Park Partnerships Biofluorescence in Tiger Salamanders Documented in Rocky Mountain National Park for the First Time We documented biofluorescence in tiger salamanders in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was a first for the park. Paedomorphic salamander under biofluorescent conditions. Rocky Mountain National Park, Aug 2021. Rocky Mountain National Park Rallies to Recover in the Aftermath of the East Troublesome Fire The East Troublesome Fire in Rocky Mountain National Park burned approximately 22,668 total acres in the park, including front country areas and designated wilderness. The fire affected park housing, offices, the park entrance station, trails, campsites, privies, bridges, wayfinding signs, the boundary, historic structures and landscapes, archeological resources, fisheries, wildlife, and vegetation. Staff implemented Emergency Stabilization and BAR treatments. Replacing erosion control structures and tread stabilization features along the Sun Valley Trail. Event Recap - The Future of Conservation: Engaging the Next Generation of Public Land Leaders During National Park Week and Earth Day, the National Park Service Youth Programs Division co-hosted a virtual event on April 22, 2021 with The Corps Network (TCN) and National Park Foundation (NPF), discussing “The Future of Conservation: Engaging the Next Generation of Public Land Leaders.” A panel of young leaders shared their passion and personal involvement with the conservation movement, and the impacts and benefits service corps provide to national parks and beyond. The event promotional flyer Changing Patterns of Water Availability May Change Vegetation Composition in US National Parks Across the US, changes in water availability are altering which plants grow where. These changes are evident at a broad scale. But not all areas experience the same climate in the same way, even within the boundaries of a single national park. A new dataset gives park managers a valuable tool for understanding why vegetation has changed and how it might change in the future under different climate-change scenarios. Green, orange, and dead grey junipers in red soil, mountains in background Ranger Roll Call, 1916-1929 Recent research demonstrates that there were more women rangers and ranger-naturalists in early National Park Service (NPS) history than previously thought. However, the number of women in uniformed positions was quite low in any given year. Ranger Frieda Nelson shows of the suspenders used to hold up her uniform breeches. Staff Spotlight: Alexandra Hernandez Meet Alexandra Hernandez, who is the Regional Program Manager for the National Heritage Areas Program! Alex Hernandez at Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area in Fort Collins, Colorado Ranger Roll Call, 1930-1939 Few women worked in uniformed positions in the 1930s but those who did weren't only ranger-checkers or ranger-naturalists. Jobs as guides, historians, archeologists, and in museums opened to more women. Seven women in Park Service uniforms stand in line inside a cave. Ranger Roll Call, 1950-1959 In the 1950s, women in uniform continue to work as guides, historians, and archeologists. Few women had permanent positions. A handful of women began to get seasonal ranger-naturalists positions at large national parks for the first time in two decades. Ann Livesay in her NPS uniform standing in front of a low wall at the edge of the Grand Canyon. Pollinator Biology of Polemonium brandegeei How do different pollinators contribute to pollination success? A researcher kneels near a plant. Nutrients and warming alter mountain lake benthic algal structure and function How do nutrients and warming affect water quality in alpine lakes? Footprints at the bottom of a shallow lake with green algae growing in them. Rocky Mountain Regional Snowpack Chemistry Monitoring What does snowpack chemistry reveal about air and water quality? Researchers digging a snowpit Spatiotemporal Dynamics of CO2 Gas Exchange From Headwater Mountain Streams How do mountain streams contribute to atmospheric CO2? Loch Vale Outlet Loch Vale Long Term Ecological Research Program: Celebrating Stewardship and Science Since 1982 Explore Long Term Data from the Loch Vale Watershed An alpine lake with jagged rock outcroppings in the background. Sustainable Bouldering: Using Leave No Trace to Achieve Change How do you inspire people to change their behavior? In RMNP, researchers explored the Bouldering Community's attitudes toward Leave No Trace in order to promote behavior that protects resources and improves visitor experience A man hanging from a boulder in Chaos Canyon while his feet swing out behind him. Resist-Accept-Direct (RAD) Case Studies Click the link above to read some in-depth examples of national parks choosing to resist, accept, and direct change. Blue butterfly with white wing tips perched on small white flowers 2021 George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service On behalf of the Interpretation, Education, and Volunteers Directorate, we are pleased to congratulate the national recipients of the 2021 George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service. Through their extraordinary work and dedication, these volunteers have made an exceptional contribution to their parks and communities. Digital painting with white text invitation to join the Hartzog Awards. Raptor Monitoring Surveys 2022 Results (2022) from Rocky Mountain National Park's Adaptive Raptor Management Program Golden Eagle Bat Research in Rocky Mountain National Park Discover ongoing bat research in Rocky Mountain National Park. A small bat with large ears clings to the side of a rock. Ice Patch Archeology in RMNP Ice patches are increasingly recognized as reserves for archeological resources across the world. Explore the artifacts ice patches in Rocky Mountain National Park have produced. Ice patch located in the alpine tundra of Rocky Mountain National Park Taking the Pulse of U.S. National Parks How do we know if parks are healthy? We measure their vital signs, of course! Across the country, there are 32 inventory and monitoring networks that measure the status and trends of all kinds of park resources. We're learning a lot after years of collecting data. Check out these articles written for kids and reviewed by kids in partnership with the international online journal Frontiers for Young Minds. A cartoon of a ranger taking the pulse of the Earth. Series: Geologic Time—Major Divisions and NPS Fossils The National Park System contains a magnificent record of geologic time because rocks from each period of the geologic time scale are preserved in park landscapes. The geologic time scale is divided into four large periods of time—the Cenozoic Era, Mesozoic Era, Paleozoic Era, and The Precambrian. photo of desert landscape with a petrified wood log on the surface Guide to the Thomas J. Allen Photograph Collection Finding aid for the Thomas J. Allen Photographs in the NPS History Collection. 50 Nifty Finds #6: Something Fishy How do fish get up the mountain? By horse, of course! When is a plant not a plant? When you plant a fish! What? No, those aren’t nonsensical kids’ jokes. Photographs from the NPS Historic Photograph Collection will help explain. A string of mules being led along a trail carrying milk cans Eavesdropping (On Birds) Has a Smart New Tool BirdNET uses artificial intelligence to analyze audio recordings and detect bird species by sound. We’re exploring its potential to help parks answer complex, pressing questions. Smart, remote audio detector stands in front of tree Keeping Up With the Johnsons Hitch a historical ride on a 1923 national park road trip! Travel with Pete and Flo Johnson in their 1920 Buick as they travel across the country and experience the national parks of a century ago. A woman cooks on a stove in front of a 1920s car with a tent attached to the side Outside Science (inside parks): Blue Skies and Dragonflies In this episode follow us to Rocky Mountain National Park and Great Sand Dunes National Park, two of over 50 parks participating in the Dragonfly Mercury Project. Students looking into a net Examining Fuels Treatment Effectiveness in Rocky Mountain National Park Examining Fuels Treatment Effectiveness in RMNP Wooden slash piles burning with snow covering the ground around them. 50 Nifty Finds #18: Portable Posters Many visitors to national parks today collect passport stamps, magnets, or other items to recall their trip and to show others where they’ve been. In the 1920s and 1930s the “must have” souvenirs weren’t created to be collected. National Park Service (NPS) windshield stickers served a practical administrative purpose; they were evidence that the automobile license fee drivers paid at some parks had been paid. Even so, Americans embraced their colorful, artistic designs. Four colorful Rocky Mountain National Park windshield stickers. 50 Nifty Finds #21: A Good Trip One of the first Congressional committees to conduct an inspection tour of national parks was the US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee during the summer of 1920. Given the financial needs of the fledgling National Park Service (NPS), it was a high-stakes tour. Although a few members of the press called the trip an unnecessary junket, the tour highlighted NPS needs and created Congressional support for budget increases throughout the 1920s. Hand-colored photo of a meadow and mountain Recording Soundscapes After a Fire: It's for the Birds Peace and quiet. This is why many people travel to national parks. But nature is louder than we might think. Dr. Jacob Job, a conservationist, communicator, and natural sounds recordist, visits national parks specifically for their sounds. Learn more about his work and listen to some of the sounds he studies. a trail camera image of a man with a backpack walking across a mountain meadow Making an Impact: Long-Term Monitoring of Natural Resources at Intermountain Region National Parks, 2021 Across the Intermountain Region, Inventory & Monitoring Division ecologists are helping to track the effects of climate change, provide baseline information for resource management, evaluate new technologies, and inspire the next generation of park stewards. This article highlights accomplishments achieved during fiscal year 2021. A man looks through binoculars at sunrise. A Changing Bimodal Climate Zone Means Changing Vegetation in Western National Parks When the climate changes enough, the vegetation communities growing in any given place will also change. Under an expanded bimodal climate zone, some plant communities in western national parks are more likely to change than others. National Park Service ecologists and partners investigated the future conditions that may force some of this change. Having this information can help park managers decide whether to resist, direct, or accept the change. Dark storm clouds and rainbow over mountains and saguaros. Beaver Occupancy in Rocky Mountain National Park Where do beaver live in Rocky Mountain National Park? Researchers from Colorado State University conduct occupancy surveys to help answer this question. A beaver foraging on the bank of a river. Let Me Count the Ways: How Citizen Scientists Helped a Park Measure Visitor Impacts Wildly popular Rocky Mountain National Park wanted to assess the extent of resource damage from all that love. It needed the help of some ardent supporters. A lake surrounded by snow-capped peaks and evergreen trees. Success at the 2023 Girl Scout Convention and Boy Scout National Jamboree Read about the two major Scouting events that took place in July 2023 - the Girl Scout Convention held in Orlando, Florida and the Boy Scouts Jamboree held in Beckley, West Virginia. Phenom by Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts Jamboree 50 Nifty Finds #33: "First Lady" of National Parks Although the spouses of directors don't have formal roles in the NPS, they can be crucial to the success of a directorship. This was certainly true of the powerful partnership of Director George B. Hartzog, Jr. and his wife. Throughout his career, Helen C. Hartzog was his cheerleader, confident, and partner in developing a vision for the NPS that has had long-lasting effects. More than anyone, she served as a “first lady” of the NPS. Woman smiling at the camera wearing a fur wrap and corsage. Guide to the Stephen Tyng Mather Film Collection This finding aid describes the Stephen Tyng Mather Film Collection, part of the NPS History Collection. RMNP Fire Web Application: A New Tool for Managers Cross-boundary fires are not uncommon1 and highlight the need for interagency collaboration to effectively plan for and manage wildland fires. Identifying mutually beneficial fuels treatment locations requires collaboration between Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), partner agencies, and stakeholders. To aid in this collaboration, RMNP recently developed a Fire Web Application. A screenshot of the RMNP Fire Web Application Glacier and Perennial Snowfield Research in Rocky Mountain National Park A synthesis of glacier and perennial snowfield research in Rocky Mountain National Park Andrews Glacier above a turquoise blue alpine lake. Yellow flowers sway in the foreground. Mission 66 and Modern Architecture A brief overview of the Park Service Modern architectural style established during Mission 66. A modern building with tall, angular window walls and an attached cyclorama Intern Spotlight: Simon Aceto Meet Simon Aceto, a recent Fish and Feathers intern at Rocky Mountain National Park during the summer of 2023. Individual with crossed arms, wearing a hat, with green lush trees in the background My Park Story: Paulina Gutierrez Meet Paulina Gutierrez, the Internship Program and Communications Assistant for Environment for the Americas (EFTA), who works on several internship programs with the National Park Service. A young woman smiling with binoculars and hat 50 Nifty Finds #39: An NPS Art Factory Between 1938 and 1941 the National Park Service (NPS) Western Museum Laboratories (WML) created many iconic posters. Often described as “the WPA park posters,” they should be called “the WML posters.” Research reveals more designs than previously thought (including several previously unknown ones), reevaluates what is known about the artists, and argues that modern reproductions have made the designs more significant to NPS graphic identity today than they were in the past. Poster with a purple El Capitan at Yosemite How to Assess Air Pollution's Impacts on Forests The interconnectedness of living things is evident in a forest, where lichens act as pollution alarm clocks, and soil fungi help trees survive. Scientists studied just four types of organisms in the national park forest ecosystem to gauge its health. Colorful lichens on a tree trunk. The Devoted People behind Big Data in National Parks Citizen science volunteers collect massive amounts of crucial scientific information. They gather it from sources as varied as oceans, mountainsides, and historic archives. Smart new tools are making their contributions even more powerful. Two smiling women stand in front of a national park sign. Intern Spotlight: Bianca Joseph Meet Bianca Joseph, a Fish and Feathers intern in summer 2023! Read about her experience. A wooman smiling in front of a quarry 2024 Rocky Mountain National Park Stewardship Award Presented to Dr. Erin Muths 2024 Stewardship Award Three people stand together. Ones holds a small plague that says Stewardship Award. 2024 Rocky Mountain National Park Partnership Award Presented to Rocky Mountain Conservancy 2024 Partnership Award Three people stand together as one accepts an award. 50 Nifty Finds #45: Holding the Line The National Park Service (NPS) was only 26 years old when the United States entered World War II. The young bureau faced very real threats to its mission, with increasing pressure to contribute its natural and cultural resources to the war effort even as its budget and staff were slashed. Under the leadership of Director Newton B. Drury, the NPS was able to do its part for the war while maintaining its public trust responsibilities to the American people. Worth Fighting For fire prevention poster 50 Nifty Finds #46: Feeding the Habit Most visitors to national parks today know that wild animals are dangerous and should be enjoyed from a distance. For decades, however, the National Park Service (NPS) struggled to prevent visitors from feeding bears. The situation was unhealthy for bears and downright dangerous for people. Breaking the cycle was a decades-long process of evolving policies, changing human habits, and returning bears to their wild foraging behaviors and traditional foods. poster of bear reaching out to recoiling man and boy who has food My Park Story: Tom Medema To celebrate National Volunteer Week, Tom Medema, Associate Director for Interpretation, Education, and Volunteers shared his #MyParkStory. Tom started his career as a National Park Service volunteer and now leads the department that manages the Volunteers-In-Parks program! This story highlights Tom’s own history with volunteerism, the significance of volunteers, and their broader role in the National Park Service mission. Tom Medema smiling for a photo while wearing a volunteer uniform. Outside Science (inside parks): Ecosystem Adventures at Rocky Mountain National Park In this episode of Outside Science (inside parks), join the education team at Rocky Mountain National Park as they lead elementary students on a great ecosystem adventure. This experience is as rewarding for students as it is for educators. As Ranger Kendall says, "getting to see it for the first time through their eyes is a really beautiful experience." a group of students climb a rocky slope
Rocky Mountain Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Nature’s Knife Edge To ascend Rocky Mountain National Park’s Trail Ridge Road is to leave this world and enter another. It carries you, breathless with wonder and altitude, toward a fragile alpine realm, the tundra. Most animals hibernate or migrate during the harsh winters. No trees can live here. The Rocky Mountains form one of the world’s longest ranges, stretching almost unbroken from Alaska to below the nation’s southern border. The park preserves a small but important neighborhood within this range. Despite the brief, six-week growing season, plants survive. Most conserve energy by miniaturizing. Each July thousands of brilliant alpine sunflowers burst from the thin blanket of soil that covers parts of the tundra. For decades these hardy plants have worked toward this moment. Many tundra flowers track the sun to maximize their intake of light, required for photosynthesis. Above: Alpine sunflowers (Rydbergia grandiflora) at the Continental Divide. NPS / ANN SCHONLAU Nature’s Guideposts Montane Subalpine The montane ecosystem is the park’s gateway whether you enter from Grand Lake, Estes Park, or Wild Basin. On warm, south-facing slopes the ponderosa pines greet you with their sweet fragrance. The open, sunlight-dappled forest of tall (up to 150 feet) trees feeds and shelters the tassel-eared Abert’s squirrel. Snow that falls in the alpine zone blows down to the subalpine, creating a wet ecosystem with over 30 inches of precipitation annually. Sharp-tipped, pungent Engelmann spruce and flat-needled fir trees prevail, reaching 100 feet. The understory supports shrubs like blueberry, wax currant, huckleberry, and Wood’s rose. Wildflowers like arnica, fairy slipper, twinflower, and purple elephant’s head colonize open meadows. below 9,000 feet Chokecherry, currant, and juniper bushes sustain many animals, insects, and birds. Beavers and otters work and play in the montane’s streams. Elk, one of the park’s larger mammals, gather here to rut in fall. They eat the aspen trees’ soft inner bark and shoots and leave a calling card of abraded aspen trunks. On cooler, northfacing slopes, forests are dense with Douglas-fir and lodgepole pine. Pika 9,000–11,400 feet On the park’s southern edge, the water ouzel, or American dipper, defies rushing streams to dive for food. Downy and hairy woodpeckers, bold Steller’s jay, and the yellow-rumped warbler share the woods. Look for the pocket gopher and golden-mantled ground squirrel. Park your vehicle at the Alpine Visitor Center and behold 360-degree views of astonishing peaks, lakes, snowfields, canyons, forests, and meadows spread over 400 square miles. For a close look at the alpine ecosystem, walk the Tundra Communities Trail to the east. To the west, the Rockies’ spine divides the continent into two watersheds. One flows west to the Pacific, the other east to the Atlantic. On the park’s drier east side, snow blows in from the wetter west, replenishing the few remaining glaciers. All rest in cool, dark valley cirques, or bowl-shaped depressions. Higher summer temperatures since the 1990s have caused the glaciers to melt back. On the park’s west side, in the Never Summer Mountains, the Colorado River begins as a tiny stream fed by snowmelt. Downstream it provides water to 40 million people. Thrust skyward by Earth’s forces 40 to 70 million years ago, then sculpted by multiple glacial episodes, the Rockies are “new” in geologic terms. In 2009 Rocky Mountain National Park, a small neighborhood within this vast mountain range, became one of the nation’s “newest” designated wildernesses. Nature has always ruled this wild, fantastic place. But as human-triggered events outside park boundaries increasingly affect life within the park, how will nature respond? What is our role? Travel through Ecosystems along Trail Ridge Road Alpine above 11,400 feet Extremely thin soil, strong ultraviolet light, drying winds, and bitter cold define life on the tundra. Many plants hug the ground in dense mats (avens, below right ), preserve moisture with waxen leaf surfaces, or trap warmth against stems and leaves with hairs. Animals also must adapt or die. Marmots store fat, then draw upon their reserves as they hibernate. Bighorn sheep graze here in summer but migrate in fall to lower elevations like many other species in the park. The resilient white-tailed ptarmigan is an exception. This bird stays all winter in the alpine zone, warmed by feathered eyelids, nostrils, legs, and feet. PIKA AND PTARMIGAN—© SHATTIL / ROZINSKI PHOTOGRAPHY Ptarmigan Montane Alpine Subalpine Above: Aspen (Populous tremuloides) and lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta). Left: Common sulphur butterfly (Colias philodice) pollinates a purple aster (Erigeron simplex). Above: Elk, or wapiti, graze amid Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii ). Left: The park is home to over 350 bighorn sheep, whi
Timed-Entry Permits This visitor guide, combined with your park map, has the info you need for a fun, safe, and successful visit to Rocky Mountain National Park. Don’t have a timed-entry permit? It’s likely that entry Page 2: Things to Do Page 3: Pocket Ranger Page 5: Hiking Guide Page 8: Fall Guide Page 11: Driving Guide Back: Shuttles & Safety permits are sold out for the day. Visit recreation.gov to view availablity. Or, you can wait until after 3 pm to enter the park (excluding Bear Lake road). A limited amount of permits will be released daily at 5 pm for the following day. These are expected to sell out quickly and we encourage you to plan ahead when possible. Food, Water, and Restrooms Food services in the park are limited. Food is available at Trail Ridge Store and in the park’s gateway communities. Picnic areas are marked on your map. destination. Water from lakes and streams isn’t safe to drink unless you treat or filter it first. Trailhead and facility restrooms that meet public health guidance Safe-to-drink water is will be open. If you have available at some to go but aren’t near a facilities and trailheads. restroom, you must follow Don’t assume water Leave No Trace principles. will be available at your Can I leave at any time? There is no length-of-stay requirement, you may leave the park at any time. The only restriction is when you can enter the park. You must enter within your reserved 2-hour window. Once I’m in the park, can I exit and re-enter? Yes. Once you’ve entered the park during your 2-hour entry window, you can exit and re-enter the park as often as needed for the rest of the day. With a permit, am I guaranteed a parking place? No. Your reservation guarantees you access to the park during your reserved time window. It does not guarantee access to all locations within the park. If you have a Bear Lake Road Corridor permit, be flexible and/or use the shuttle to access trailheads. It’s the Year of the Tundra! This summer we are celebrating all things alpine tundra! Did you know that one-third of the park is made up of this unique ecosystem? Looking for activities to do while up on the tundra? Check page 3. For tundra closures, see page 11. You can help this area thrive by watching your step and sticking to the trails. DON’T TRAMPLE THE TUNDRA Weather and Altitude Keep a safe distance from wildlife—it’s the law. Lightning regularly strikes in Rocky. No outdoor place is safe when lightning strikes. Check the forecast before heading out. Plan activities so you can quickly return to your car if a storm begins. If hiking, plan to return to the trailhead before noon. Return to the trailhead immediately if you hear thunder. Altitude sickness affects many visitors every year. Symptoms include headache, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, vomiting, and even unconsciousness. Altitude can also aggravate pre-existing 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. 7 pm to 7 am Sunday nights through Friday mornings. Detailed info is available on our website. Moraine Park, be alert for: 25 yards 100 yards Never feed wildlife, including birds and chipmunks. It’s illegal and makes the animals unhealthy. You could be bitten, scratched, kicked, thrown, or trampled. If you see a bear or mountain lion, stop and calmly back away. Never turn your back or run away. Stand tall and raise your arms to look large. Pick up small children. Need to Know Visitor services are limited. Some facilities and events are closed or canceled. A reduced number of visitors will be allowed in facilities at a given time. All visitors must wear a face mask when riding the shuttle. For those who are not fully vaccinated, face masks are required indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces. This includes narrow or busy trails, parking lots, and overlooks. During the summer, road construction will occur between Bear Lake Road junction and Deer Ridge junction. This 3-mile section of road will be closed from Maintain social distancing of six feet whenever possible. Pets are prohibited on ALL park trails, tundra, and meadow areas. When in burned areas like Forest Canyon, Spruce Canyon, trails in the Fern Lake and Cub Lake area, the North Inlet Trail, and • falling trees and limbs, especially during periods of wind • unstable slopes and rolling material such as logs and rocks • burned out stump holes • bridges or structures that may be damaged Off-trail travel is not recommended in burned areas. Contact Us Trail Ridge Rd Status (970) 586-1222 Park Information (970) 586-1206 Emergencies Call or text 911 Website nps.gov/romo Social Media @RockyNPS Summer / Fall 2021 Never Approach Wildlife Rocky Mountain National Park WELCOME Things to Do Visitor Centers Park rangers may be available outside the following visitor centers: • Beaver Meadows • Alpine • Kawuneeche Rocky Mountain Conservancy nature stores are
Animals in Winter Whose Footprints? Life Beneath the Snow When the weather becomes cold, snowy, and windy during Rocky’s winter months animals need to adjust their behavior. Rocky’s winter tolerators leave clues for us by creating distinct patterns of footprints in the snow. Following these tracks can help us learn more about their behavior and daily activities. We can discover evidence of tolerators above the snow by finding their tracks or searching for caches of food. But some tolerators, like deer mice, retreat below for protection from harsh winds, bitter cold, and hungry predators. Some, like the elk, migrate. They move down to lower elevations where the weather is warmer and food is more abundant. Hopper Loper Walker The subnivean zone describes the area between the ground and the bottom of the snowpack. This area is well-insulated. The snow acts like a heavy blanket, keeping the creatures warm and hidden. Others, like black bears and marmots, hibernate. They spend the winter in a dormant state, remaining inactive to conserve energy. Animals like coyotes, deer mice, and snowshoe hares endure the winter. These critters are tolerators who adapt to survive harsh winter conditions. Think: would you rather be a migrator, hibernator, or tolerator? Why? Snowshoe Hare Mule Deer Coyote Hike a trail and see how many critters’ tracks you can find in the snow. Are they a walker, loper, or hopper? What kind of animal made these tracks? Snowy alpine Play in the snow! Do you feel warmer out in the open, or covered up under by a blanket of snow? Rocky Pocket Ranger Snowy Adventures! Changing Times Animals in Rocky are adapted to winter conditions. How might warming temperatures impact their lives? Have you been here before? What changes have you seen? Write your own predictions about how life in Rocky may change over the next 2050 years. Sagittarius The Sky Tells a Story Find the North Star The moon and stars have inspired humans for thousands of years. People told stories about the shapes they saw in the stars—stories about things that were important to them and lessons about how to behave and treat others. The North Star, also known as Polaris, is very near the celestial pole (if you were standing at the North Pole, it would appear directly overhead). Though you might expect it to be one of the brighter stars in the sky, it’s actually dim enough to be tricky to find. Luckily, if you can spot the Big Dipper, you can use it to navigate to the north star using the “pointer stars” at the bottom of the dipper. What do you wonder when you stare at a sky littered with thousands of stars? Scorpius If you could draw your own constellation, what story would you write in the night sky? The Big Dipper 3 Fun activities for all! Half the Park is After Dark Rocky Pocket Ranger Noticing Winter Find a quiet place to sit—beside your car, at a picnic table—during dawn or dusk. Take notice of your senses to get a whole new picture of the world around you. How does snow form? Snow forms when droplets of water in clouds freeze into ice crystals. This happens when clouds are colder than 15°F! As the ice crystals stick together, they become too heavy for the cloud and fall to the ground. As they fall, they may pass through warmer air causing a slight melting affect. If they melt too much, this causes sleet. If the air is cooler, the crystals will bond together forming large fluffy flakes. Temperature, air currents, and humidity influence the shape of the ice crystals, so each snowflake is unique. If you can, catch a snowflake or pick some up from the ground. • What does it look like? Can you see the different flakes? • Why do you think it looks that way? • Does it look like it will snow more today? What observations are making you determine that answer? • Does snow feel or act differently under trees and in meadows? Why do you think that is? Snow-covered Ponderosa pine tree Practice Intentional Curiosity Record your thoughts at right: “I notice...” Look closely. Are there animal tracks in the snow? Is steam coming off the nearby stream? What are the clouds doing? What patterns do you see in the trees? “It reminds me of...” What associations come to mind? An event? An object? A memory? Tying what you know with what you experience may help you retain this moment…and help you share it with others. “I wonder...” Ask questions about what you’ve noticed. Say them out loud to yourself or a friend. What do you want to know more about? Sensory Overload Vision Your eyes have two kinds of light receptors: rods and cones. Cones work best in strong light and pick up colors. Rods work better in dim light but don’t pick up colors. As the light changes in shadows, look at your clothing or the clothing of your friends. Can you tell what color it is? If you had to pick, would you want only rods or only cones for your eyes? What kind of sight would you want? Smell Smells are really just a combination of chemicals.
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
Rocky Mountain National Park Service U.S. Department of Interior Rocky Mountain National Park Trail Ridge Road Alternate Routes Trail Ridge Road (U. S. Highway 34) is the high road through Rocky Mountain National Park. Weather permitting, it is open from the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend until wintry weather and heavy snows close it, usually in midOctober to early-November. However, storms and unsafe road conditions can close Trail Ridge Road at any time. Some alternate routes are listed below. All of these routes involve driving on winding mountain roads. Allow approximately 3.5 – 4.5 hours (or more) for alternate routes between Estes Park and Grand Lake, Colorado. For the most up-to-date status of Trail Ridge Road, 24 hours a day, please call (970)586-1222. This line is updated any time the road’s status changes. South Route via the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway About 141 miles total West to East, Grand Lake to Estes Park East to West, Estes Park to Grand Lake Drive south on US 34 for 15 miles to Granby Drive south on CO 7 for about 22 miles to CO 72 Turn left (east) onto US 40 and drive 48 miles to I-70. You will pass through Winter Park Turn right (south) on CO 72 for about 23 miles to Nederland Take I-70 east to exit 243, the Central City Parkway In Nederland, take the first right in the traffic circle, which is CO 119 Take the Central City Parkway 8 miles to Central City; follow the signs to Black Hawk/CO 119 Turn left onto CO 119 and drive about 16 miles north to Nederland In Nederland, follow the traffic circle signs and take CO 72 toward Estes Park Drive north on CO 72 for about 23 miles to a Tintersection with CO 7 Turn left (west) onto CO 7 and drive about 22 miles to Estes Park South Route via Boulder If winter driving conditions exist, this route can be safer About 150 miles total Take the Central City Parkway 8 miles to I-70 Alternate Route: Drive south from Nederland on CO 119 for about 24 miles to US 6. Turn right and take US 6 to I-70 Take I-70 west to US 40 at exit 232 Drive north on US 40 through Winter Park to Granby, 48 miles West to East, Grand Lake to Estes Park East to West, Estes Park to Grand Lake Drive south on US 34 for 15 miles to Granby From Estes Park, take US 36 east 21 miles to Lyons Turn left (east) onto US 40 and drive 48 miles to I- 70. You will pass through Winter Park Turn left at the stoplight and drive east through Lyons. Turn right at the stoplight onto US 36 to Boulder Drive east on I-70 to exit 244, which is US 6 Take US 6 east to Golden, about 13 miles Stay on this road, which becomes Broadway in Boulder; drive through town and out the north end Turn right on US 34; drive 15 miles to Grand Lake On the north side of Boulder, turn right onto Broadway Drive all the way through Boulder on Broadway, which turns into CO 93 on the south side of Boulder; continue south to Golden Turn at the stoplight for US 6 and turn right (west) Turn left onto US 36 and take this to Lyons, 17 mi. Take US 6 to I-70 Turn left at the stoplight and drive all the way through Lyons Take I-70 west to US 40 at exit 232 At the west side of Lyons, turn right and take US 36 to Estes Park, about 22 miles About 169 miles total Turn right and follow the signs through Central City to the Central City Parkway Alternate Route: Drive east on I-70 to exit 244, US 6. Take US 6 for 2 miles to the intersection with CO 119. Turn left onto CO 119 toward Black Hawk Turn left (north) at the stoplight on the west side of Golden onto CO 93; drive 20 miles to Boulder North Route via Cameron Pass Note: the Stove Prairie Road between CO 14 and Masonville is very narrow and winding. Alternate route: drive east on CO 14 to US 287; turn right (south) and drive through Fort Collins and Loveland to US 34 (reverse the route if heading west) Drive south on CO 119 for about 16 miles to the first stoplight at Black Hawk Drive north on US 40 through Winter Park to Granby, 48 miles Turn right on US 34; drive 15 miles to Grand Lake West to East, Grand Lake to Estes Park East to West, Estes Park to Grand Lake Drive south on US 34 for 15 miles to US 40 Take US 34 east about 23 miles Turn right (west) and drive for 2 miles to the intersection with CO 125 Turn left (north) toward Masonville Turn right (north) and drive 31 miles to Rand and CR 27 Drive 17 miles east on CR 27 to Gould (this is a good dirt road, maintained by the county) Alternate Route: Continue on CO 125 to Walden; turn right (east) onto CO 14 and take this to the turnoff to Stove Prairie and Masonville Turn right on CO 14 and drive 51 miles to CR 27 Turn right and drive to Masonville, and then continue on CR 27 to US 34, about 30 miles Turn right (west) onto US 34 and drive up the Big Thompson Canyon about 23 miles to Estes Park Turn left in Masonville on County Road 27 (Stove Prairie Road) and go about 13 miles to CO 14 Turn left onto CO 14 and take this over Cameron Pass to the town of Gould, 51 miles Turn onto CR 27 an
National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Rocky Mountain National Park Alpine Trail Guide NPS PHOTO / CHELSEA HERNANDEZ TRAILHEAD D E S T I N AT I O N D I S TA N C E O N E W AY E L E VAT I O N G A I N mi km ft m 209 64 Alpine Visitor Center (AVC) Alpine Ridge Summit 12005ft / 3659m MODERATE 0.3 0.5 11796ft / 3595m Ute Trail to Milner Pass 10758ft / 3279m MODERATE 4.1 6.6 Lake Irene 10748ft / 3276m Around lake (loop) EASY 0.7 1.1 -95 -29 Ute Trail to AVC 11796ft / 3595m STRENUOUS 4.1 6.6 1011 308 0.5 0.8 100 30 0.5 0.8 230 70 2.0 3.2 132 40 -1011 -308 4.8 mi/7.7 km west of AVC Milner Pass 10758ft / 3279m 4.3 mi/7.9km west of AVC Medicine Bow Curve 11660ft / 3554m Out and back EASY 0.5 mi/0.8 km west of AVC Rock Cut 12050ft / 3673m Tundra Communities Trail 4.2 mi/6.8 km east of AVC (Toll Memorial) 12310ft / 3752m Ute Crossing Pullout 11435ft / 3485m Out and back to treeline MODERATE MODERATE 7.4 mi/11.9 km east of AVC For Your Safety High elevations can cause altitude sickness and may aggravate existing health conditions. Use caution. Thunderstorms are common in summer and are dangerous. Plan your day to be below treeline by early afternoon. If you see building storm clouds, head back to the trailhead. If caught in a lightning storm, get below treeline. 33Bring waterproof outer layers and extra layers for warmth. 33Wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Sunlight can damage your eyes and skin, even on cloudy days. 33Pack water and snacks. Don’t drink from streams or lakes without treating the water. AVC 05-2017 Poudre Lake C D Roa idge il R Tra 4.1mi 6.6km Alpine Trails 10758ft 3279m Milner Pass Lake Irene 10748ft 3276m 0.7mi 1.1km To Grand Lake Jackstraw Mountain 11704ft 3567m l ta en tin on d Azure Lake Gore Range 12010ft 3661m Medicine Bow Curve 0.5mi 0.8km Marmot Point Rock Cut N 12050ft 3673m 11909ft 3630m Alpine Ridge Trail Summit 12005ft 0.3mi 3659m 0.5km Alpine Visitor Center CA NY O Old F all Riv er Ro on ad e-w ay e ad 11716ft 3571m 12454ft 3796m Mount Chapin Sundance Mountain 12466ft 3800m 1 Kilometer 2.0mi 3.2km to treeline 11435ft 3485m Ute Crossing Pullout 13069ft 3983m Mount Chiquita Information 0.5 Forest Canyon dg 0 Unpaved road Picnic area 1 Mile Trail Restrooms 0.5 Trail distances 0 Ro Toll Memorial 12310ft 3752m North 0.7mi 1.1km Ri Forest Lake Terra Tomah Mountain 12718ft 3876m 11796ft 3595m Lava Cliffs 12000ft 3658m ST Doughnut Lake RE 11660ft 3554m FO Arrowhead Lake Inkwell Lake Mount Julian 12928ft 3940m il Tra Timber Lake 12880ft 3926m Mount Ida To Estes Park e id iv
Rocky Mountain National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Rocky Mountain National Park Bear Lake Summer Trail Guide Welcome to a wilderness of lakes, waterfalls, and magnificent peaks. Use this map and guide to plan a safe, enjoyable trip. RIDE THE Shuttle The Bear Lake area is very busy, especially in summer and on fall weekends. Parking often fills by early morning. Roads are congested. The park’s free shuttle bus is here to help! You can ride the shuttle to stunning destinations and popular trailheads, all while avoiding the Tips for a Great Hike Never Feed or Approach Wildlife Keep yourself and Rocky’s wildlife safe: • Obey wildlife closures. • Keep a safe distance. If you cause an animal to move or change behavior, you are too close! Approaching an animal puts you at risk and may cause it stress, leading to disease and illness. • Never feed wildlife, including birds and chipmunks. Pay Attention to Altitude High elevations can cause altitude sickness and may aggravate existing health conditions. Use caution. Take time to acclimatize to the park’s high altitude before attempting strenuous hikes. Rest, drink lots of fluids, eat salty snacks, and start with easy hikes. Even on cloudy days, ultraviolet radiation can be intense at altitude. Protect yourself by wearing a hat, sunglasses with UV protection, and sunscreen. Watch the Weather: It changes quickly! Thunderstorms are common in summer and are dangerous. Plan your day to be below treeline by early afternoon. If you see building storm clouds, head back to the trailhead. If caught in a lightning storm, get below treeline. It might be summer, but expect snow, gusty winds, and cold temperatures at any time. Always carry storm gear, even if the sky is clear when you start your hike. Carry layers of windproof clothing. If the weather turns, you’ll be glad to have them. For More Information hassle of dealing with traffic and searching for parking. Detailed schedules and maps are available in the park newspaper, park visitor centers, at park bus stops, and at go.nps.gov/RockyShuttle. Bring the Right Gear 33Bring waterproof outer layers and extra layers for warmth. 33Wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Sunlight can damage your eyes and skin, even on cloudy days. 33Pack extra water and snacks. Don’t drink from streams or lakes without treating the water. 33Carry a map and compass or GPS. Know how to use them. 33Wear sturdy footwear with good ankle support and a treaded sole. 33Don’t rely on cell phones. Many areas have no service. Stay Safe and Practice Good Etiquette • Pets are prohibited on all Rocky Mountain National Park trails, tundra, and meadows areas. There are petfriendly hikes outside the park, and nearby communities have boarding facilities and veterinary clinics. To learn more, visit go.nps.gov/RockyPets. • Stay together! Keep everyone, including children, with the group. • Stay on the trail. Shortcutting causes erosion. • In the Bear Lake Corridor, strollers are allowed only on the nature trails around Sprague and Bear lakes. Park Information...................................................... (970) 586-1206 or www.nps.gov/romo Trail Ridge Road Status............................................ (970) 586-1222 Emergencies ............................................................ 911. Tell the dispatcher you are in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado BL-S 05-2017 0.5mi 0.8km Bear Lake Loop 0.5mi 0.8km 9475ft 2888m 0.2 0.3mi 0.5km 0.4mi 0.6km Spruce Lake 0.9mi 1.4km 2.2mi 3.5km 0.7mi 1.1km Fern Lake 1.1mi 1.8km Two Rivers Lake 3.5mi 5.6km ny on Emerald Lake a s C dall Gorge Flattop Mtn Ty n ao Hallett Peak 12713ft 3875m Ch Otis Peak Fern Falls The Pool 1.0mi 1.6km 1.7mi 2.7km 0.2mi 0.3km Fern Lake 2.0mi 3.2km GLA CIER 2.2mi 3.5km Fern Lake 0.8mi 1.3km Hollowell Park 2.0mi 3.2km 1.4mi 2.3km To Longs Peak Ranger Station North 36 66 Moraine Park Discovery Center To Estes Park Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Beaver Meadows Entrance Station Trail Ridge Road to Alpine VC and Grand Lake, CO 0.4mi 0.6km Tuxedo Park 1 Mile 1 Kilometer East Portal 0.5 0.4mi 0.6km 1.9mi 3.1km 0 0 0.5 Glacier Basin Campground e Road Lak ar Be MORAINE PARK Moraine Park Campground Upper Beaver Meadows Cub Lake 0.3mi 0.5km Steep Mountain 9538ft 2907m 1.7mi 2.7km Park & Ride 1.5mi 2.4km Sprague Lake To Longs Peak Ranger Station 2.3mi 3.7km Bierstadt Lake Bierstadt Lake 1.5mi 2.4km Lake Half Mtn GORGE To Black 11482ft 3500m 3.0mi 4.8km 1.9mi 3.1km 1.3mi 2.1km 1.1mi 1.8km 1.5mi 2.4km Cub Lake 0.7mi 1.1km 0.4mi 0.6km Alberta Falls 0.5mi 0.8km See detail upper left 0.9mi 1.4km 0.5mi 0.8km 0.6mi 1.0km Shelf Lake Jewel Lake Mills Lake 0.5mi 0.8km 0.5mi 0.8km 0.6mi 1.0km 2.1mi 3.4km 0.9mi 1.4km Solitude Lake Thatchtop 12668ft 3861m The Loch Timberline Falls Lake of Glass Sky Pond BEAR LAKE AREA Mount Wuh 10761ft 3280m 2.0mi 3.2km Dream Lake 0.7mi 1.1k
Rocky Mountain National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Rocky Mountain National Park Bear Lake Winter Trail Guide Exploring the outdoors in winter is undeniably magical. It is also challenging. Use this map and guide to plan a safe, enjoyable trip. Tips for a Great Hike Navigating in Winter Can Be Hard Park trails are not marked or maintained for winter use. You can’t rely on others’ tracks— they may have been headed somewhere else or made a wrong turn. To find your way in winter: • Have and know how to use a topographic map and compass. When used correctly, GPS units can also be helpful. Watch for Hypothermia When your body loses heat faster than it can produce it, your body temperature begins to drop. This is an emergency medical condition called hypothermia. It is serious and can be fatal. • Discuss your plans with park staff at visitor centers and trailhead kiosks. Symptoms include shivering, drowsiness, exhaustion, loss of coordination, impaired judgment, and slurred or incoherent speech. Be Avalanche Aware Avalanches can be easily triggered by backcountry travelers. • Visit avalanche.state.co.us/ for the latest avalanche forecast. If danger is high, consider staying home. Wear warm, quick-drying layers of clothes. Stay dry. Take frequent stops to warm up. If symptoms occur, warm the chilled person with dry clothing and warm, non-alcoholic liquids. Get back to your car, and promptly seek medical attention. • Avoid traveling in steep gullies and on ridge tops. Open slopes of 30 to 45 degrees can be loaded with dangerous masses of snow. • If you choose to travel in these areas, carry an avalanche beacon, probe, and shovel. However, don’t take extra risks just because you are carrying this equipment. • If caught in an avalanche, make swimming motions and try to stay on top of the snow. Pay Attention to Weather and Conditions Expect snow, gusty winds, and cold temperatures at any time. Winter days are short—start early and plan conservatively. Streams and lakes can have thin ice and be very dangerous. If you choose to cross, first test your steps with a pole. Only travel off-trail if you are extremely familiar with the area. Snow-covered landscapes look very different than in summer. Snow can be deep once you are off-trail. Bring the Right Gear 33Wear layers of synthetic or wool clothing that wick moisture. 33Take extra layers of clothing (socks included). 33Bring windproof outer layers, a warm hat, and warm gloves or mittens. 33Wear sunglasses and sunscreen. Sunlight can damage your eyes and skin even on cold days. 33Drink lots of water and eat highenergy snacks. Follow the Rules, Practice Good Etiquette Sledding is not allowed at Bear Lake. Please go to the Hidden Valley Snowplay Area, the only place in Rocky where sledding is permitted. Don’t walk or snowshoe in ski tracks: it creates dangerous conditions for skiers. You must be in control at all times and let others know when you’re approaching them. Yield to those traveling faster than you. Pass with care. For More Information Park Information...................................................... (970) 586-1206 or www.nps.gov/romo Trail Ridge Road Status............................................ (970) 586-1222 Emergencies ............................................................ 911. Tell the dispatcher you are in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado BL-W 10-2017 0.3mi 0.5km 0.4mi 0.6km Spruce Lake Rocky can be busy on winter weekends. 2.2mi 3.5km e c h a n a l A v D a n Andrews Tarn The Pool 1.0mi 1.6km 1.7mi 2.7km 0.2mi 0.3km 0.5mi 0.8km 0.3mi 0.5km 0.5mi 0.8km 0.9mi 1.4km 0.9mi 1.4km 0.6mi 1.0km The Loch 0.4mi 0.6km 2.0mi 3.2km Half Mtn 11482ft 3500m 0.8mi 1.3km Cub Lake Hollowell Park No vehicles beyond gate 2.0mi 3.2km 1.4mi 2.3km To Longs Peak Ranger Station g e r GLA North Closed in winter 36 66 Moraine Park Discovery Center To Estes Park Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Beaver Meadows Entrance Station Trail Ridge Road to Hidden Valley Snowplay Area 0.4mi 0.6km Tuxedo Park CIER 1 Mile 1 Kilometer East Portal 0.5 0.4mi 0.6km 1.9mi 3.1km 0 0 0.5 Closed to camping Glacier Basin Campground e Road Lak ar Be MORAINE PARK Moraine Park Campground Upper Beaver Meadows No vehicles beyond gate 0.3mi 0.5km Steep Mountain 9538ft 2907m 1.7mi 2.7km Park & Ride 1.5mi 2.4km Sprague Lake To Longs Peak Ranger Station Bierstadt Lake Bierstadt Lake 1.5mi 2.4km 1.9mi 3.1km 1.3mi 2.1km 1.1mi 1.8km 1.5mi 2.4km Cub Lake 0.7mi 1.1km 0.5mi 0.8km Mills Lake Jewel Lake Shelf Lake GORGE To Black Lake Thatchtop 12668ft 3861m Solitude Lake 0.5mi 0.8km il Tra Alberta 0.9mi Falls 1.4km See detail upper left BEAR LAKE AREA Mount Wuh 10761ft 3280m 2.0mi 3.2km 0.7mi 1.1km Lake Haiyaha Sky Pond Lake of Glass Timberline Falls LE Dream Lake Fern Falls Congestion on roads, in parking areas, and along popular trails is possible. Parking areas can fill by mid
Rocky Mountain National Park Service U.S. Department of Interior Rocky Mountain National Park East Side Winter Trails NPS/Walt Kaesler Winter is a spectacular time to visit the wilderness of Rocky Mountain National Park. With a little preparation, many fun activities await you. Be Safety Smart: Use Good Judgment, Be Prepared and Be Aware Changeable Weather and Conditions Weather conditions in Rocky Mountain National Park can change quickly. The wilderness, though beautiful, can be harsh. Expect snow, gusty winds and cold temperatures at any time. Allow for winter’s short daylight hours. Be aware of your surroundings – safety is your responsibility. Attempt off-trail travel only if you are extremely familiar with the area and remember that the snowy landscape looks a lot different than summer. Snow can be very deep once you are off-trail. Streams and lakes can have thin ice and be very dangerous. If you choose to cross, first test your steps with a pole. Stay Together! Do not travel alone nor split up your group so someone is alone in the backcountry. Leave detailed plans about your day with someone, and stick to your plan. Beware of Falling Trees Falling trees are an ever-present hazard. When traveling or camping in the forest, trees can fall without warning. Be particularly watchful when it’s windy, or following a snowstorm when branches are heavy with snow. Avoid parking or camping in areas where trees could fall. Avalanche Safety Avoid snowshoeing or skiing in steep gullies or below avalanche terrain. Slopes of 30 to 45 degrees can be loaded with dangerous masses of snow, easily triggered by backcountry travelers. If traveling in these kinds of areas, carry and know how to use an avalanche beacon, probe and shovel. Do not take extra risks because you have avalanche rescue gear. If caught in an avalanche, make swimming motions and try to stay on top of the snow. Be sure to check an avalanche forecast before heading into the backcountry. Hypothermia Prevention Hypothermia is a serious and sometimes fatal emergency medical condition that results when your body loses heat faster than it produces it and can happen when you are cold, overly tired, wet and hungry. Symptoms can include uncontrolled shivering, drowsiness, exhaustion, loss of judgment or coordination, and slurred or incoherent speech. Protect yourself with warm, adequate clothing layers (synthetic or wool, not cotton) and frequent stops to warm up. If symptoms occur, warm the chilled person with dry clothing and warm, nonalcoholic liquids, get back to your car and promptly seek medical attention. Winter Trails Most trails are not marked for winter use. Do not follow others’ tracks, as that can get you quickly lost and in trouble. Take a good map and compass or other navigational aid and know how to use them. Essentials to Wear and Carry Dress appropriately to prevent chills or overheating. Do not rely on cell phones in Rocky Mountain National Park. Many locations in this rugged park have no service. • • • • • • Regulations and Etiquette Lots of water - drink more than you think you need High-energy food - eat as you go Layers of warm, insulating, windproof clothing such as synthetic or wool; avoid wearing cotton Sturdy, waterproof, warm, insulated footwear with waterproof pants or gaiters; extra socks Storm gear Hat and gloves or mittens • • • • • • • • • • Sunglasses with UV protection Sunscreen First aid kit Topographic map & compass/GPS Headlamp or flashlight Waterproof matches and fire starting materials Multipurpose tool Whistle Emergency shelter - bivy sack and ensolite pad Common sense! Sledding is NOT allowed at Bear Lake. The only place in Rocky Mountain National Park where sledding is permitted is at the Hidden Valley Snowplay Area. Snowshoers, hikers and skiers should try to maintain separate tracks. Slower-moving individuals should yield the way to those traveling faster. Skiers must be in control at all times and give plenty of notice of their approach when coming upon others on the trail. Be Informed Know before you go: Be informed about the conditions. Many resources are readily available, including these websites - RMNP Trail Conditions Reports http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/trail_conditions.htm - National Weather Service forecasts http://www.weather.gov/ and put in a location like Estes Park, CO; Grand Lake, CO; Long’s Peak, CO (note apostrophe; elevation 12995 ft) - Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) Front Range Forecast http://avalanche.state.co.us/ forecasts/backcountry-avalanche/front-range/ - Colorado SNOTEL Sites (there are 5 in the park: Bear Lake, Copeland Lake, Wild Basin [near Ouzel Falls], Willow Park, and Lake Irene) http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/snotel/Colorado/colorado.html - Call the RMNP Information Office between 8-4:30 daily for conditions, updates, and information, 970-586-1206. Emergencies Dial 911 Many winter activities can be enjoyed in Rocky Mountain National Pa
Rocky Mountain National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Rocky Mountain National Park Fall River Area Trail Guide Deep valleys and towering alpine mountaintops, beautiful lakes and rushing rivers, historic roads, rocky trails, and stunning wilderness: all are part of the Fall River Area of Rocky Mountain National Park. Bighorn Sheep and Elk are Frequently Seen in This Area Horseshoe Park including the Sheep Lakes area can have abundant wildlife. When viewing any wildlife: • Obey wildlife closure areas and “no stopping” traffic zones. • Use parking areas along the road. If not available, pull your vehicle completely off the road and do not park on vegetation. Tips for a Great Hike Pay Attention to Altitude High elevations can cause altitude sickness and may aggravate existing health conditions. Use caution. Take time to acclimatize to the park’s high altitude before attempting strenuous hikes. Rest, drink lots of fluids, eat salty snacks, and start with easy hikes. Even on cloudy days, ultraviolet radiation can be intense at altitude. Protect yourself by wearing a hat, sunglasses with UV protection, and sunscreen. Watch the Weather: It changes quickly! Thunderstorms are common in summer and are dangerous. Plan your day to be below treeline by early afternoon. If you see building storm clouds, head back to the trailhead. If caught in a lightning storm, get below treeline. It might be summer, but expect snow, gusty winds, and cold temperatures at any time. Always carry storm gear, even if the sky is clear when you start your hike. Carry layers of windproof clothing. If the weather turns, you’ll be glad to have them. • Do not approach wildlife. Wildlife are unpredictable and can hurt you, and approaching them can cause them stress, leading to disease or illness. If an animal changes its behavior because of you: you are too close! Enjoy and photograph them from a distance. • Never feed wildlife, including birds and chipmunks. Bring the Right Gear 33Bring waterproof outer layers and extra layers for warmth. 33Wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Sunlight can damage your eyes and skin, even on cloudy days. 33Pack extra water and snacks. Don’t drink from streams or lakes without treating the water. 33Carry a map and compass or GPS. Know how to use them. 33Wear sturdy footwear with good ankle support and a treaded sole. 33Don’t rely on cell phones. Many areas have no service. Stay Safe and Practice Good Etiquette • Pets are prohibited on all Rocky Mountain National Park trails, tundra, and meadows areas. There are petfriendly hikes outside the park, and nearby communities have boarding facilities and veterinary clinics. To learn more, visit go.nps.gov/RockyPets. • Stay together! Keep everyone, including children, with the group. • Stay on the trail. Shortcutting causes erosion. • In the Fall River Corridor, strollers are allowed only on the nature trails around Hidden Valley. For More Information Park Information...................................................... (970) 586-1206 or www.nps.gov/romo Trail Ridge Road Status............................................ (970) 586-1222 Emergencies ............................................................ 911. Tell the dispatcher you are in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado BL-S 05-2017 Fall River Area Trails 13502ft 4115m 1.4mi 2.3km 0.6mi 1.0km Lawn Lake G E Crystal Lake North Ypsilon Mountain 0 R Expect congestion on roads, in parking areas, and along popular trails. Tour and hike early and late in the day. Parking areas often fill by midmorning. Carpool or use the free summer shuttle buses. 2 Kilometers 0 A N Rocky is very busy in summer and on fall weekends. Fairchild Mountain 2 Miles Ri ve r 13514ft 4119m Spectacle Lakes M M Y Alpine Visitor Center g Mount Chapin 4.5mi 7.2km ar 12454ft 3796m 1.5mi 2.4km Ro Old Fall River Road 9.0m Na ne-wa i / 14 rro w d y up o .5 km nly. R irt r o oad a d op e with n early no gua July–S rdrails, ept. tight s witch back s Chasm 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) DISTANCE mi km 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 All distances are one way from nearest trailhead. 10859ft 3310m 11463ft 3494m 4.2mi 6.8km Old Fall River Roa d • 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. DESTINATION Dark Mountain Bighorn Mountain 3.1mi 5.0km O 11254ft 3430m in Chapin Creek Trailhead 4.3mi 6.9km Chiquita Lake M Fall River Pass Mount Tileston Ypsil
Rocky Mountain National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Rocky Mountain National Park Kawuneeche Valley Trail Guide Colorado River Hiking Trails NPS PHOTO / ANN SCHONLAU Adams Falls (East Inlet Trailhead) This easy one-third mile hike leads to a small, pleasant waterfall. If you go past the falls, you’ll soon come to a large, glaciated valley with a river and great views where moose are sometimes seen. You can find many types of wildflowers in this area. (79 ft gain) Cascade Falls (North Inlet Trailhead) Photogenic Cascade Falls is 3.4 miles into the North Inlet Trail. This easy hike passes through an open meadow where marmots are often found and by a river that winds through a lodgepole pine forest. Fishing is good for small brook trout and an occasional brown trout. Allow 3–4 hours. (300 ft gain) Continental Divide Trail The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail was established by Congress in 1978 and stretches 3,100 miles from Canada to Mexico. Part of this trail crosses through some remote areas of Rocky. For an easy, short hike, traverse the section that crosses Onahu Creek and parallels a beautiful meadow in mixed forest. Coyote Valley Trail (Coyote Valley Trailhead) This 1 mile round trip, level trail is wheelchair and stroller accessible and has many benches for resting. Follow along the Colorado River in Kawuneeche Valley. Elk can often be seen grazing on various sedges and grasses. Picnic at the tables at one end of the trail, or fish along the trail. Allow 45 minutes to 1 hour for an enjoyable stroll. (level trail) Green Mountain Loop (Green Mountain or Onahu Trailhead) This trail passes along the lush, marshy Big Meadow, and through forests of lodgepole pine, quaking aspen, subalpine fir, and Engelmann spruce. Watch for moose and elk foraging in the meadow and explore the cabin ruins of early settlers. This hike is 7.6 miles long and should take 3.5–4 hours. (1100 ft gain) Holzwarth Historic Site This is a one-half mile flat walk across the Kawuneeche Valley to the Holzwarth Trout Lodge and Historic Site, a rustic guest ranch created in the 1920s. (level trail, strollers okay) Lake Irene Along Trail Ridge Road just south of the Continental Divide at Milner Pass, this lovely subalpine lake is surrounded by tall pines, firs, and summer wildflowers, and is easily accessed from the picnic area. Strollers are welcome. Lulu City (Colorado River Trailhead) A flowered field is all that remains of this once booming mining town. Pass by the remains of log cabins and look for tailings from the Shipler Mine about 2 miles into the trail. The trail parallels the Colorado River and passes meadows on this easy to moderate 7.4-mile round trip hike. (350 ft gain) Lulu City/Yellowstone Loop (Colorado River Trailhead) After passing Shipler’s cabins, you’ll come to a sign saying Lulu City to the left and Little Yellowstone to the right. Stay right at the Y. Follow the trail all the way to the Grand Ditch. Formed of stark gray volcanic rock, Little Yellowstone is a miniature version of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. At the Grand Ditch take a left and follow the ditch for two miles until you see a sign that says, “Stage Road, Lulu City.” Take the left and follow the trail down. At the bottom of the trail, take a right and head toward Lulu City. The hike is 13.8 miles in length and is a moderate to strenuous hike. (990 ft gain) Shadow Mountain Lookout Trail (East Shore Trailhead) Visit an early fire lookout resting near the summit of Shadow Mountain and see a fantastic view of Shadow Mountain Lake, Grand Lake, and Lake Granby. This hike can be accessed from either the Grand Lake or Shadow Mountain Dam trailheads for the East Shore Trail. A small fee is required for parking in the Arapaho National Recreation Area. Allow a minimum of 4–5 hours for this hike. (1,533 ft gain) Timber Lake (Timber Lake Trailhead) This is a 4.8 mile hike to picturesque Timber Lake, which sits at treeline at the foot of the Continental Divide and Mount Ida. There was a landslide two miles beyond the trailhead. Be careful around the slide area. Hike above the point of release, not through the landslide. The hike around the landslide is arduous and exceptionally difficult, as it is steep, muddy, and slippery. It is not recommended for those who have difficulty with off-trail wilderness travel. Allow a minimum of 6–7 hours round-trip for this steep hike. (2060 ft gain) Tonahutu Start from either West Portal Road in Grand Lake or the Kawuneeche Visitor Center. Leaving from the visitor center, the trailhead is at the south end of the parking lot. The trail parallels the Tonahutu Creek uphill to Big Meadows, 4.2 miles from the trailhead. If you leave from West Portal Road, it is 5.4 miles from the trailhead. (680 ft gain) KV-S 05-2017 Kawuneeche Valley Trails Michigan Lakes Lake Agnes Mummy Pass and Corral Creek Trailhead Lulu Mountain 12228ft 3727m La Poudre Pass Ditc h ow Ri ve r 12489ft 3807m Site of Lulu Ci
Rocky Mountain National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Rocky Mountain National Park Ski Touring and Snowshoeing Trails in the Kawuneeche Valley Please share the trail, not the Track! Snowshoers should always make or use a separate track from skiers. Skiing is not permitted on plowed roadways. Orange tree markers identify the trails. Check avalanche conditions at the visitor center before any winter trips into the backcountry. COYOTE VALLEY TRAIL Beginner (1 mile roundtrip) Begin at the top of the hill at the Coyote Valley parking area (limited space). Trek HOLZWARTH HISTORIC SITE Beginner (1 mile roundtrip) Park in the Holzwarth Historic Site parking lot. Start by Joe Fleshuts's cabin (at downhill, cross the bridge, and turn right (north) adjacent to the river for about ½ mile. Return on the same trail. parking area), and trek west on the roadway or across the meadow to the historic Holzwarth Trout Lodge cabins. SUN VALLEY LOOP Beginner (2.4 mile loop) Park in the Harbison Picnic Area parking lot 1 mile north of the Kawuneeche VC. This COLORADO RIVER TRAIL Intermediate. (7.4 miles roundtrip) From the Colorado River Trailhead Parking Lot, travel north up the valley. This is a gently rolling trek for 2.5 miles to the remains of Shipler's Cabins. Another 1.25 miles beyond the to Lulu City TONAHUTU CREEK TRAIL to Big Meadows NORTH INLET TRAIL EAST INLET TRAIL GREEN MOUNTAIN TRAIL to Big Meadows TIMBER LAKE TRAIL ONAHU CREEK TRAIL pleasant loop is mostly flat with a few short inclines. Follow the orange tree markers at trail junctions. cabins is the Lulu City townsite. Intermediate. (varies) Park at the Kawuneeche Visitor Center and trek up the 0.8 mile Tonahutu Spur Trail. At the junction with the Tonahutu, you can either go right (south) 1 mile to Grand Lake, or go left (north) 3.5 miles to Big Meadows. Intermediate. (6.8 miles roundtrip) Park on Tunnel Rd. at the North lnlet/Tonahutu Road Access. Trek uphill and cross the bridge on the right to access the North Inlet Trail. Follow the level trail for 1 mile to Summerland Park. The trail then narrows and steepens a bit on the way to Cascade Falls, 3.4 miles from the trailhead. Intermediate. (varies) From the East Inlet Trailhead at the East end of Grand Lake. Trek uphill 1/3 mile to Adams Falls, travel 1/4 mile past Adams Falls into a meadow, continue on to the larger second meadow. The route steepens for a fun challenge, and leads to a pleasant overlook 3 miles from the trailhead. Intermediate. (3.6 miles roundtrip) Start at the Green Mountain trailhead. Follow the trail uphill 1.8 miles to Big Meadows. It is possible to do a loop trip (with 2 vehicles) by going up Green Mountain Trail and down Tonahutu Creek Trail to the Visitor Center (5 ½ miles). Advanced. (9.6 miles roundtrip) Timber Lake is 4.8 miles from the trailhead with an elevation gain of 2060 feet. This trail is difficult to ski and is almost entirely in the trees. Advanced. (7.6 mile loop) Start at the Onahu Creek Trailhead. Follow the trail uphill 4 miles and descend to Big Meadows. At the south end of Big Meadows travel west on the Green Mountain Trail looping back to the Onahu Trailhead. The Grand Lake Quadrangle Topographic map is recommended for route finding. , : :) ~t!ecr:u~;------~ 1 ' , 2.7mi 4.3km -g\ ~, ~ l.'.J::, ( - a::: 11317ft 3449m 0 DESTINATION / ~ )Sft 3537m lt.J / .._.J'l/1 1.9mi ..----,3.1km _ _ _ _ __ ,,..../ , •arika ake --........., 3.1mi , \ Jackstraw Mountain J. I Little Yellowstone Lulu City Red Mountain to Grand Ditch I \ \ \ ) 0 319 302 107 354 5.3 Bowen Baker Trailhead Timber Lake 4.8 7.7 m1m All distances are one way from nearest trailhead. 1.0km Lake Verna Mineral Point lowen Lake llue Lake 1046 990 350 1160 7.2 6.0 Shadow Mountain Lookout Tower Lone Pine Lake /0.6mi ... o ;, a s:z ' a::: 207 13.2 ~ \ 606 680 8.2 4.8 6.9 4.8 Haynach Lakes ' ( ( 2.9 Coyote Valley Trailhead amrm111 , Nakai Peak• 1.smi ; ereek 2.4km j 12216ft 3723m ,_,- ..J 0 u 2.4mi • 1/ ,v ~ CD I I ....---, 1.Smi 2.4km / 2.Gmi 4.2km .,,,.,,,-......_ I.._..,-_::::- I< -- // - '- lJ Murphy ,....__......_ 1.3km Lake Nisa Mountain !:ik~ I - rr Trail (hiker only) / II a- t Bench - , - :---.._,, "'1'-~, 1,. -.. , Im ..,-\ J ,. ~ / / tzv,..' ~ ..,..... ~Jk~~ \ "'rv"' (J Lake Nokoni (◄ L-.._, \Uk~ '­ Ptarmigan Mountain -\ 12324ft • 3756m Lake Nanita Andrews Peak Gra// f d ta,ff' 0 Cairns Lone Pine Lake t/ ('--, .- Shadow Mountain /) ,-. \ J mi -.. .-1 Lookout Tower 3_3 5·3 km \ \ '} '\~ / ( 1 -.J1- -( 1.2mi Shadow\ .9km Mounri!~ I "J 0 ,,.",,,,· l - 1.4mi , 2.3km Mount Craig 10155ft 3095m 12007ft 3660m. Mount Wescott· 10421ft 3176m Mount Bryant \ 11034ft 3363m. Lake 1.0mi l .Gkm //J;~' · - . , _i,:_erna / 't Shadow Mountain I ( 12565ft 3830m Mount 1.Smi f'. /• 2' .4km _ _ _r-.__ _, \\ I Interpretive trail ' . '> ( I 10781ft _328
Rocky Mountain National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Rocky Mountain National Park Longs Peak Area Trail Guide Whether you stroll to an old mine or tackle a strenous trip to a mountain summit, trails in the Longs Peak area offer many rewarding hours of hiking. Hike Descriptions Alpine Tundra (2.3 miles, 1445 feet gain) Hiking 2.3 miles brings you above treeline and onto the tundra. In summer, miniature plants create a spectacular display of flowers. Help preserve this fragile life by staying on trails at all times and not shortcutting switchbacks. If you must leave the trail, step carefully from rock to rock. Chasm Lake (4.3 miles, 2456 feet gain) Allow 2–4 hours to reach Chasm Meadow. From the meadow, follow a trail that heads west, and scramble up a break in the rocks to reach the lake. When snow lingers, ascend and descend carefully—do not slide. Until mid-July, a steep snowfield also covers the trail before the meadow. Use extreme caution when crossing. In early summer, blue columbine graces the rocky ledges near Columbine Falls, which spill over the cliffs below Chasm Meadows. From there, the stream flows into Peacock Pool, visible below the trail. Estes Cone (3.2 miles, 1790 feet gain) Enjoy spectacular views in all directions from this rocky prominence. Allow 2 hours to reach Storm Pass. From there, follow rock cairns 0.6 miles up steep, loose rock to the summit. Pay close attention: this section of trail is easy to lose on the way down. Scan the flanks of Battle Mountain to the west for a glimpse of elk. For Your Safety Bring the Right Gear 33Bring waterproof outer layers and extra layers for warmth. 33Wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Sunlight can damage your eyes and skin, even on cloudy days. 33Pack extra water and snacks. Don’t drink from streams or lakes without treating the water. 33Carry a map and compass or GPS. Know how to use them. 33Wear sturdy footwear with good ankle support and a treaded sole. 33Don’t rely on cell phones. Many areas have no service. Eugenia Mine (1.4 miles, 540 feet gain) An easy 1-hour hike to this abandoned mine offers a change of pace from other area trails. Remains of a cabin, rusted boiler, and hillside tailings attest to the persistence of early miners. Jims Grove This former camping area is now closed for restoration. Use the trail toward Chasm Lake and across the bottom of Mount Lady Washington to climb to the summit. Longs Peak Do not use this map and guide if attempting the Keyhole Route or other routes up Longs Peak. Speak with a ranger at the Longs Peak Ranger Station and obtain a detailed route description. The Keyhole Route is not a hike. It is a climb that crosses enormous sheer vertical rock faces—often with falling rocks— and requires scrambling where an unroped fall would likely be fatal. The route has narrow ledges, loose rock, and steep cliffs. Other Destinations Ask a ranger for inormation on cross-country trips, including hikes to the summits of Mount Meeker, Mount Lady Washington, and Pagoda Mountain. Treat Your Water Water from streams and snowfields is available (except for Longs Peak summit). Always purify your water—no surface water is ever safe for drinking. Stay Safe and Practice Good Etiquette • Pets are prohibited on all Rocky Mountain National Park trails, tundra, and meadow areas. There are pet-friendly hikes outside the park, and nearby communities have boarding facilities and veterinary clinics. To learn more, visit go.nps.gov/RockyPets. • Wilderness campers must have a valid Wilderness Camping Permit. • Fires are prohibited in the Longs Peak backcountry. • Do not feed marmots or other wildlife. LPA 05-2017 Longs Peak Area Trails To Bear Lake To Glacier Basin 0.6mi 1.0km Storm Pass 10250ft 3124m To Lily Lake 3.1mi 5.0km Estes Cone To Estes Park To Twin Sisters Peaks 11006ft 3355m To Glacier Basin Boulder Brook Moore Park 3.3mi 5.3km er uld Bo Eugenia Mine 7 1.2mi 1.9km 9908ft 3020m Br oo k ta in Inn M o u n 0.9mi 1.4km Brook B a tt le Pi ne Ri dg Longs Peak Campground e Granite Pass 12080ft 3682m Do not use this map and guide if attempting the Keyhole Route or other routes up Longs Peak. Speak with a ranger at the Longs Peak Ranger Station and obtain a detailed route description. Battle Mountain The Keyhole Route is not a hike. It is a climb that crosses enormous sheer vertical rock faces—often with falling rocks—and requires scrambling where an unroped fall would likely be fatal. r F ield Jims Grove Bo Mount Lady Washington 13281ft 4048m Goblins Forest Brook Longs Peak Ranger Station ora ls M ine Chasm Junction 11540ft 3517m 0.9mi 1.4km Fork g Roarin Boulderfield 12760ft 3889m The Keyhole 2.9mi 4.7km 9406ft / 2867m Mil ul 13326ft 4062m 0.5mi 0.8km Al p in e 1.1mi 1.8km 1.4mi 2.3km de Storm Peak Alpine Bridge Columbine Falls 13160ft 4011m Chasm Lake Peacock Pool 7 11760ft 3493m Th e Tr Longs Peak ou gh Pagoda Mountain 13497ft 411
Rocky Mountain National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Rocky Mountain National Park Longs Peak Keyhole Route Guide The Narrows in August The Keyhole Route to the summit of Longs Peak (14,259 feet) is an extraordinary climbing experience. The route provides stunning views as it circumnavigates the upper mountain on the way to the summit. For Your Safety The Keyhole Route Is NOT a Hike It is a climb that crosses enormous sheer vertical rock faces—often with falling rocks—and requires scrambling where an unroped fall would likely be fatal. The route has narrow ledges, loose rock, and steep cliffs. The terrain requires good route-finding and scrambling skills. Use caution, as injuries requiring rescue are very dangerous and take many hours, if not days, to evacuate. Stay on the marked route. Straying from it can be perilous. The best route follows red and yellow bull’s-eyes. If you lose the bull’s-eyes you are likely off-route and will encounter more difficult climbing with more severe consequences. It is important to retrace your steps back to the bull’s-eyes before continuing; don’t shortcut. Start Early, Make Good Choices • Begin your climb no later than 3 am to be off the summit early in the day. The 15-mile round-trip takes 10 to 15 hours on average. • The most important part of your climb is preparing to safely return. Resist summit fever: enjoy the experience, but be willing to turn around at any time. • Good choices are critical! The toughest part of the climb up Longs Peak is the last 1.5 miles from The Keyhole to the summit. Know your limits. If you’re too tired, turn around. If you don’t feel well or the weather changes, turn around. • Stay together—don’t climb alone. Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. Pay Attention to Altitude High elevations can cause altitude sickness and may aggravate existing health conditions. Use caution. Take time to acclimatize to the park’s high altitude before attempting strenuous hikes. Rest, drink lots of fluids, eat salty snacks, and take progressively longer and more strenuous hikes. If altitude sickness persists, descent is the only effective treatment. Longs Peak’s Weather is Extreme Before starting your trip, check current conditions online (go.nps.gov/LongsPeak) or with a ranger (970 586-1206). The most common snow- and ice-free time of year is mid-July through mid-September. However, weather and conditions vary. There is no way to predict weather on Longs Peak. The Keyhole Route can have ice, snow, and winter-like conditions at any time, requiring greater skill and judgment. Be prepared to quickly turn back during sudden, drastic weather changes. Carry Enough Food and Water Food is your fuel. Pack high-energy snacks. Eat before, during, and after your climb to help maintain your energy. There are no water sources on the Keyhole Route. Bring at least 3–4 quarts. There are water sources lower down the mountain, but they must be properly treated. Don’t Forget Other Important Gear 33Bring waterproof outer layers and extra layers for warmth, including a warm hat and gloves. 33Wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Sunlight can damage your eyes and skin, even on cloudy days. 33Carry a map and compass or GPS. Know how to use them. 33Wear sturdy footwear with good ankle support and a treaded sole. Bring extra socks. 33Bring emergency items including a first aid kit, headlamp or flashlight, whistle, pocket knife, and emergency fire-starting materials. 33Don’t rely on cell phones. Many areas have no service. Visit go.nps.gov/LongsPeak for more information and up-to-date conditions LPK 05-2017 The Keyhole Route (August conditions) 1. The Keyhole from the Boulderfield When you reach the Boulderfield, the hiking trail ends. Cross boulder field terrain to reach The Keyhole, where the climbing route to the summit begins. 2. The Ledges From The Keyhole, find the first of a series of red and yellow bull’seyes marking the best route to and from the summit. Travel across a series of very narrow ledges along a cliff edge. Carefully climb a constricted slot-like section with two iron bars drilled into the rock. Continue up toward the high point along the Ledges section. Then follow a gradually descending traverse to the base of The Trough. Take note of the Ledges/Trough junction, as some climbers have had difficulty locating this point while on the descent. 3. Looking down on The Trough Continue up to the broad gulley called The Trough. This section is full of loose rock. Be careful of other climbers and rockfall. At the top of The Trough, you will come to a short steep section. Carefully climb this section to the start of the Narrows. 4. The Narrows The Narrows crosses a sheer vertical rock face on a narrow ledge. A series of boulders and hand holds will assist you on this constricted ledge. Continue to the base of the Homestretch. 5. The Homestretch The Homestretch is a polished granite slab that guards the summit. This s
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Rocky Mountain National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Rocky Mountain National Park Wild Basin Area Summer Trail Guide Welcome to Wild Basin. Rich in wildlife and scenery, this deep valley has flowing rivers, roaring waterfalls, and sparkling lakes rimmed by remote, jagged peaks. Tips for a Great Hike Narrow Road, Limited Parking Wild Basin Road is gravel and often narrows to one lane. It isn’t suitable for large vehicles like RVs. Park only in designated areas. Don’t park in wide spots in the road, which let oncoming cars pass each other. Violators may be ticketed or towed. You Must Properly Store Food Items at Trailheads and Wilderness Campsites Improperly stored food items attract wildlife, including black bears, which can visit any time of day. Food items are food, drinks, toiletries, cosmetics, pet food and bowls, and odiferous attractants. Garbage, including empty cans and food wrappers, must be stored or put in trash or recycling bins. Always carry storm gear, even if the sky is clear when you start your hike. It might be summer, but expect snow, gusty winds, and cold temperatures at any time. Carry layers of windproof clothing. If the weather turns, you’ll be glad to have them. Bring the Right Gear 33Bring waterproof outer layers and extra layers for warmth. Day Use Visitors • You must store all food items and garbage inside vehicle trunks. 33Wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Sunlight can damage your eyes and skin, even on cloudy days. • In vehicles without trunks, put items as low in the vehicle as possible and covered from sight, with windows and doors closed and locked. 33Pack extra water and snacks. Don’t drink from streams or lakes without treating the water. Overnight Visitors • You must store all food items in food storage lockers. Leaving food items or garbage in a vehicle is not allowed. 33Wear sturdy footwear with good ankle support and a treaded sole. There are food storage lockers at Wild Basin, Finch Lake, and Sandbeach Lake trailheads. Pay Attention to Altitude High elevations can cause altitude sickness and may aggravate existing health conditions. Use caution. Take time to acclimatize to the park’s high altitude before attempting strenuous hikes. Rest, drink lots of fluids, eat salty snacks, and start with easy hikes. Even on cloudy days, ultraviolet radiation can be intense at altitude. Protect yourself by wearing a hat, sunglasses with UV protection, and sunscreen. For More Information Watch the Weather: It Changes Quickly! Thunderstorms are common in summer and are dangerous. Plan your day to be below treeline by early afternoon. If you see building storm clouds, head back to the trailhead. If caught in a lightning storm, get below treeline. 33Carry a map and compass or GPS. Know how to use them. 33Don’t rely on cell phones. Many areas have no service. Stay Safe and Practice Good Etiquette • Pets are prohibited on all Rocky Mountain National Park trails, tundra, and meadows areas. To learn more, visit go.nps.gov/RockyPets. • Stay together! Keep everyone, including children, with the group. • Stay on the trail. Shortcutting causes erosion. • Strollers aren’t permitted on any trails in the Wild Basin area. Park Information...................................................... (970) 586-1206 or www.nps.gov/romo Trail Ridge Road Status............................................ (970) 586-1222 Emergencies ............................................................ 911. Tell the dispatcher you are in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado WB-S 5-2017 Wild Basin Area Trails To Estes Park Rocky is very busy in summer and on fall weekends. Mount Meeker 13911ft 4240m Expect congestion on roads, in parking areas, and along popular trails. Tour and hike early and late in the day. Parking areas often fill by midmorning. Consider carpooling to the trailhead. Keplinger Lake 7 Snowbank Lake 0.7mi 1.1km Meeker Park h r t Trio Falls id Falcon Lake g Thunder Falls e 1.3mi 2.1km Sandbeach Lake N o rth St. Vra in Isolation Peak 0.4mi 0.6km 1.8mi 2.9km 12632ft 3850m Sandbeach Lake Trailhead Cr ee k 1 Kilometer 0.5 1 Mile Wild Basin Entrance Station Copeland Lake 2.9mi 4.7km Wild Basin Trailhead Eagle Lake Mahana Peak 0.5 Lyric Falls ek Cre 1.3mi 2.1km 0.4mi 0.6km 1.4mi 2.3km Creek 1.2mi 1.9km in Vra St. h Nort 0.9mi 1.4km 0.3mi 0.5km Finch Lake Trailhead Copeland Falls 0.9mi 1.4mi 2.3km 1.4km 0.9mi 1.4km 1.3mi 2.1km ek Cre Winter Gate 0.3mi 0.5km 1.3mi 2.1km Ouzel Falls B el Ouz dbea ch 0.4mi 0.6km Ouzel Lake 7 0.3mi 0.5km 0.8mi 1.3km Calypso Cascades Allenspark A Bluebird Lake San Twin Lakes Cree k 13118ft 3998m Restrooms 10715ft 3266m 11724ft 3573m Mertensia Falls Frigid Lake Trail distances 1.8mi 2.9km Box Lake Moomaw Glacier Fifth Lake 2.2mi 3.5km Thunder Lake 12420ft 3786m Picnic area Lookout Mountain L D W I Lake of Many Winds Tanima Peak Trail (hiker only) 0 Hunters
Pay Attention to Weather and Conditions Expect snow, gusty winds, and cold temperatures at any time. Winter days are short—start early and plan conservatively. Streams and lakes can have thin ice and be very dangerous. If you choose to Watch for Hypothermia When your body loses heat faster than it can produce it, your body temperature begins to drop. This is an emergency medical condition called hypothermia. It is serious and can be fatal. Symptoms include shivering, drowsiness, exhaustion, loss of coordination, impaired judgment, and slurred or incoherent speech. Bring the Right Gear 33Wear layers of synthetic or wool clothing that wick moisture. cross, first test your steps with a pole. Only travel off-trail if you are extremely familiar with the area. Snow-covered landscapes look very different than in summer. Snow can be deep once you are off-trail. Emergencies Wild Basin Area Winter Trail Guide Sunlight can damage your eyes and skin even on cold days. 33Drink lots of water and eat highenergy snacks. 33Bring windproof outer layers, a warm hat, and warm gloves or mittens. 33Carry a map and compass or GPS. Know how to use them. Don’t walk or snowshoe in ski tracks: it Rocky Mountain National Park If symptoms occur, warm the chilled person with dry clothing and warm, non-alcoholic liquids. Get back to your car, and promptly seek medical attention. 33Take extra layers of clothing (socks included). Sledding is not allowed in Wild Basin. Please go to the Hidden Valley Snowplay Area, the only place in Rocky where sledding is permitted. National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Wear warm, quick-drying layers of clothes. Stay dry. Take frequent stops to warm up. 33Wear sunglasses and sunscreen. Follow the Rules and Practice Good Etiquette Rocky Mountain Exploring the outdoors in winter is truly magical. It’s also challenging. Use this map and guide to plan a safe, fun trip. Be prepared, stay safe, and have fun! Narrow Road, Limited Parking Wild Basin Road is gravel and often narrows to one lane. It isn’t suitable for large vehicles like RVs. Park only in the winter parking lot or other designated areas. Don’t park in wide spots in the road, which let oncoming cars pass each other. Violators may be ticketed or towed. Be Avalanche Aware Avalanches can be easily triggered by backcountry travelers. • If you choose to travel in these areas, carry an avalanche beacon, probe, and shovel. However, don’t take extra risks just because you are carrying this equipment. creates dangerous conditions for skiers. You must be in control at all times and let others know when you’re approaching them. Yield to those traveling faster than you. Pass with care. Park Information........................................ (970) 586-1206 or www.nps.gov/romo Emergencies .............................................. 911. Tell the dispatcher you are in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICA™ WB-W 11-2016 • Visit avalanche.state.co.us/ for the latest avalanche forecast. If danger is high, consider staying home. • Avoid traveling in steep gullies and on • If caught in an avalanche, make swimming motions and try to stay on top ridge tops. Open slopes of 30 to 45 of the snow. degrees can be loaded with dangerous masses of snow. Wild Basin Area Trails To Estes Park Rocky can be busy on winter weekends. Mount Meeker 13911ft 4240m Congestion on roads, in parking areas, and along popular trails is possible. Parking areas can fill by mid-morning. Consider carpooling to the trailhead. Keplinger Lake Closed road 0 o Meeker Park h r t Trio Falls Trail distances North N Lion Lake No. 2 13310ft 4057m 0.7mi 1.1km Trail 7 Snowbank Lake Mount Alice Trailhead Unpaved road 0.5 0 1 Kilometer 0.5 1 Mile Horsetooth Peak Fan Falls Falcon Lake 10344ft 3153m id Lion Lake No. 1 R Pilot Mountain g Thunder Falls Hunters e Lookout Mountain 10715ft 3266m Mount Orton Lake of Many Winds Tanima Peak Thunder Lake 12420ft 3786m N o rth Eagle Lake St. Vra in Isolation Peak Mahana Peak 0.4mi 0.6km 1.8mi 2.9km 12632ft 3850m 1.3mi 2.1km Sandbeach Lake 1.3mi 2.1km ek Cre 0.4mi 0.6km 1.4mi 2.3km dbea ch Creek 0.3mi 0.5km 1.2mi 1.9km 1.3mi 2.1km Ouzel Falls B el Ouz Copeland Lake in Vra St. h Nort 0.9mi 1.4km 0.3mi 0.5km Wild Basin Winter Trailhead 0.6mi 1.0km 0.2mi 0.3km ek Cre Finch Lake Trailhead 1.4mi 2.3km Copeland Falls 0.9mi 1.4km 0.9mi 1.4km 1.3mi 2.1km Gate 7 0.3mi 0.5km 0.8mi 1.3km Calypso Cascades Allenspark A Bluebird Lake Wild Basin Trailhead 0.4mi 0.6km Ouzel Lake Wild Basin Entrance Station 2.9mi 4.7km San Twin Lakes Cree k 13118ft 3998m Sandbeach Lake Trailhead Cr ee k Mertensia Falls Frigid Lake Lyric Falls 1.8mi 2.9km Box Lake Moomaw Glacier Fifth Lake 2.2mi 3.5km L D W I Boulder-Grand Pass 11724ft 3573m 2.2mi 3.5km S Pipit Lake To Lyons and Nederland I N Ouzel Peak 12716ft 3876m DESTINATIO
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