Areas of Rocky Mountain, Zion National Parks Closed For Nesting Raptors

With spring, and warmer weather, around the corner, raptors will soon be nesting on the cliffs and crags of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and Zion National Park in Utah, and so temporary closures have been put in place in the two parks.

National Park Service Centennial Will Include Revamped Websites

While the 100th birthday of the National Park Service won't officially arrive until August 25, 2016, it's not too early to work on improving the agency's many park websites. And the agency's webmeisters are doing just that.

Biennial Science Conference Coming To Rocky Mountain National Park

Curious about the science that's conducted in Rocky Mountain National Park? You can get some insights March 4-5 when the park's 2015 Biennial Research Conference will be held in the Estes Park Town Board Room.

Official Numbers Point To 2014 As Record-Setting Year For National Park Attendance

2014 was a record-setting year for attendance in the National Park System, where nearly 293 million visitors spent time, a jump of more than 5 million from the record year of 1999, according to official figures. While most of the "name brand" parks were packed, there were still some sites in the system where you could find some solitude.

Backcountry Fees Going Up At Rocky Mountain National Park

It's going to cost you a little bit more to head into the backcountry of Rocky Mountain Nationa Park for overnight stays beginning this summer, when the permit fee climbs from $20 to $26 per trip.

No Charges Yet In "Creepytings" Vandalism Case That Left Painted Images Across The National Park System

An investigation into a case of vandalism that left painted images on rock outcrops in at least eight Western national parks is continuing with charges yet to be brought in the case, National Park Service officials say.

Another "Off-Season" Rescue At Rocky Mountain National Park

The winter season may not be as busy as the summer in terms of total visitation at Rocky Mountain National Park, but the scaled-down "off-season" staff has stayed plenty busy with rescues. The past week brought a multi-day search for a hiker on an ill-advised attempt to cross the park via Trail Ridge Road; that effort was followed yesterday by the rescue of a climber after a fall in the park's backcountry.

UPDATE: New Yorker Who Thought He Could Hike Across Trail Ridge Road In Rocky Mountain National Park Missing

A New York man who thought he could hike across Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park in the middle of winter was found Thursday and airlifted to a hospital.

Birding In The National Parks: Which Parks Do You Need To Hit?

I’ve managed to get around North America quite a bit during my five years as a serious birder. At least it seems like I have. When I plot a map of every checklist I’ve ever entered at eBird, it looks like I’m neglected large swaths of the continent. What’s with the interior plains? The west coast south of Olympic National Park? Alaska isn’t even on the map because there were no pins there, so I cropped it out.

Year-Long Centennial Celebration At Rocky Mountain National Park Ramping Up

Though the actual 100th "birthday" for Rocky Mountain National Park doesn't arrive until September, the park is ramping up its year-long celebration with a number of special programs in the coming weeks.

Books We Read In 2014, And Which You Might Like

Despite all the electronic gadetry that allows you to consume media, hard-bound and paperback books continue to hold a considerable marketshare. And more than a few of those titles have something to do with national parks. We read as much as we could this year, and came away with the following reviews for your consideration.

Wintertime Fun In National Parks Of The Rocky Mountains

Though the summer months are the peak travel seasons for national parks in the Rocky Mountain region, the winter months with their snow and cold...and often crystalline skies...are perfect for a retreat to the Rockies. Here's a handful of parks worthy of your consideration.

Some Good Reads To Prepare You For The National Parks

Heading to a national park for the first time can be intimidating. Where should you go, what should you see, what do you need to know before you pass through the entrance gate?

Rocky Mountain National Park Seeking Companies To Offer Guided-Climbing Treks

Rocky Mountain National Park, with its towering, attractive peaks, is a magnet for many climbers, particularly those interested in climbing Longs Peak and ticking off one more "Colorado '14er." That goal could become a bit more achievable in the future as the park is seeking outfitters to lead commercial climbs.

Op-Ed| Vandalism On Public Lands Steals From Future Generations

Our public lands protect resources that belong to everyone yet some people decide to steal our resources for their own personal enrichment—robbing this and future generations.

Full Schedule Of Events To Close Out The Year At Rocky Mountain National Park

Though summer might be the high season for most national parks, Rocky Mountain National Park doesn't exactly hibernate during the winter months. From this weekend through year's end the park has plenty of activities for the entire family to sample.

Body Of Missing Mountaineer Located At Rocky Mountain National Park

The body of a Colorado man missing in Rocky Mountain National Park since last weekend was spotted Thursday and brought off Longs Peak.

Updated: Snow, High Winds Hampering Search For Overdue Mountaineer At Rocky Mountain National Park

The search for a climber reported missing on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park has continued into a third day, with the effort being hampered by extreme winter weather conditions on the mountain. Peter Jeffris, 25, from Broomfield, Colorado, was reported overdue on the afternoon of Monday, Monday, November 17.

Snow, High Winds Hampering Search For Overdue Mountaineer At Rocky Mountain National Park

A search was under way Tuesday for a 25-year-old Colorado man overdue from what was expected to be a one-day trek into the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park, though high winds and blowing snow were hampering efforts.

Rocky Mountain National Park Setting Attendance Records Every Day

For the rest of 2014, Rocky Mountain National Park will set an attendance record every day, as October visitation brought year-to-date traffic to more than 3.2 million, a record.

Rocky Mountain National Park Considering Changes To Trails Damaged By September '13 Flooding

Every now and again, nature rises up and lets you know you didn't build something in the right place, or sturdy enough. At Rocky Mountain National Park, that message came through clearly in September 2013 when torrential rains spawned massive flooding that erased parts of some trails. Now park officials are wondering how best to reroute and repair those trails.

Trail Ridge Road At Rocky Mountain National Park Closed For Winter

Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park was closed for the winter Tuesday, marking the latest date since 2005 that it remained open to wheeled traffic.

National Park Calendar Of Events Flows Over In November And December

Looking for something to do in the National Park System in November and December? Check out this listing of activities, from Andersonville National Historic Site to Yoemite National Park.

Sweating The Trail Details In The National Parks: Maintaining Rocky Mountain National Park Trails

Sweat and muscle for trail work in Rocky Mountain National Park comes, in part, in the form of Conservation Corps provided through the Rocky Mountain Conservancy.

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Honored By NPCA

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk, who was able to end years of litigation over a winter-use plan for the park, has been honored by the National Parks Conservation Association for his achievements during a nearly four-decade career with the National Park Service.

Add Rocky Mountain National Park To The List Of Parks Hit By Painting Vandal

You apparently can add Rocky Mountain National Park to the list of parks where a New York artist felt inclined to paint images on rock outcrops

Reader Participation Day: How Do You Mix Parks And Politics?

Do national park-related issues affect your decisions at the ballot box?

More Fee Proposals From National Parks, Including One For A $20 Day Pass

National parks around the country continue to push out proposals to increase fees in an effort to fund their operations. Among the latest proposals is one for a $20 day pass at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Finding Fall Color In Unexpected Places

Many areas in the National Park System are famous for autumn color, and visitors flock to places like Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Acadia National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park to enjoy the seasonal palette of natural beauty. There are, however, some other parks where fall color can be either a surprise—or a favorite destination for savvy travelers.

Snowplows Trying To Keep Trail Ridge Road Open At Rocky Mountain National Park

Fall is little more than a week old, yet winter has made an impressive appearance in Rocky Mountain National Park, where snowplows were busy Wednesday trying to keep Trail Ridge Road open for at least one more weekend.