Essential Fall Guide '14: Celebrating Rocky Mountain National Park's Centennial, Join The Party At Estes Park
I don’t usually look to elk for hiking companions, but as I worked my way from Nymph Lake to Dream Lake towards my final destination at Emerald Lake, I couldn’t ignore the cow elk and her young calf. We didn’t share the trail, but they paralleled my travels and stuck close to the cascading creek that wore the lakes like gems on a necklace. They enjoyed the succulent vegetation while I enjoyed the Rocky Mountain grandeur.
There’s a sense of place in the West. It flows from endless stands of lodgepole pines, glades of aspen tinged gold by the season, horizons that spread the sky wider than you’ve ever noticed. Spend a little time here, and it seeps into you. It’s the distant bugle of a bull elk, a band of pronghorn darting across the open range, the chortling flock of sandhill cranes, southbound, high overhead. They all fill your senses with the West as it’s always been, as it always should be.
For many, fall conjures images of blizzards of golden leaves, the eerie bugles of bull elk, and the first crisp, possibly snow-dusted, days of year’s end. For the northern half of the country these are the realities of the National Park System. There are the breathtaking days of hiking, watching wildlife on the move, and even tasting the season in the bounties of wild berries and other fruits.
Bison madness is in full swing in Yellowstone National Park with snorting, groaning, spitting, bison bulls chasing the girls (cows) down the roads, much to the delight of many park visitors who gladly park their vehicles in the road and film the action. No family vacation is complete without getting caught in a Yellowstone bison jam.
Searches were under way Monday afternoon for missing hikers in both Rocky Mountain and Kings Canyon national parks.
Rocky Mountain National Park rangers worked through the night early Saturday to sve the life of a Colorado climber who had injured himself while glissading down a snowy chute.
The body of an unidentified man has been recovered from the approach to Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, where rangers found themselves working another search-and-rescue in the mountains leading into the night Friday.
Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, which took a severe hit when storms rolled through last September, will be closed beginning Monday to all users so major repairs can begin.
A hiker was struck and killed by lightning Saturday at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, the second fatality in two days due to lightning.
A woman was killed and seven other hikers injured by a lightning strike Friday at Rocky Mountain National.
It’s been a while since I’ve used this space to tout the benefits of eBird, but the project keeps getting better and better, so it deserves another mention.
A conference next month will discuss how the climbing community can leave an even smaller footprint on the world's peaks.
Summer can pose a difficult problem for national park travelers: Where do you go and what should you do? Traveler’s Facebook audience had some great ideas for family hikes in the parks, and we’re happy to share them with you.
A Colorado man apparently trying to summit Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park has been killed in what appears to have been a fall of about 1,000 feet, according to park officials.
A young Canadian climber who found himself stuck in a precarious perch on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park was safely rescued by rangers.
Climbing rangers at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado were battling wintry conditions Wednesday as they tried to reach a 19-year-old Canadian stranded on Longs Peak.
Strolling, appropriately enough, down Elkhorn Avenue, the small band of elk didn’t notice that Estes Park is not inside Rocky Mountain National Park, and you likely won’t, either.
Spring can come slowly in the national parks in the Rocky Mountains, as evidenced by the many weeks it takes to open Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park and Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. And that slow transition of seasons requires you to keep your wits about you if visiting the parks in this season.
Springtime is a great time to take photos in the national parks, but are you prepared for that task? Rebecca Latson has some suggestions for what you need to consider before heading off into the parks.
Rocky Mountain National Park, where roads were heavily damaged by flooding last fall, will receive $3.5 million to help pay for repair work from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The National Parks Conservation Association is urging Congress to repay those states that made it possible for a handful of national parks to open for business during last October's shutdown.
With the travel season not too far off, you should be planning your national park adventures. If you're looking for a great scenic drive, we offer the following for your consideration.
Anyone with Internet access will be able to follow two osprey as they nest in and around Rocky Mountain National Park thanks to a cooperative program designed to follow the birds from their breeding grounds to their wintering grounds.