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.

Polling Shows Most Westerners Approve Of Federal Land-Management Agencies, Oppose Giving Lands Over To The States

A public opinion poll of key Western states has produced somewhat contradictory results when it comes to federal lands in those states. While strong numbers voiced positive views of agencies such as the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service, strong numbers held their state governments in higher esteem than the federal government. Overall, though, a slight majority opposes proposals to turn those federal lands over to the states.

Saturday Evening Programs Explore History Of Rocky Mountain National Park

Exploring national parks on foot is a great way to pass the time, but learning about their background can be just as entertaining. And at Rocky Mountain National Park, some upcoming programs will look into the park's past.

Rocky Mountain National Park Hiker Found Dead

A hiker at Rocky Mountain National Park was found dead Wednesday at the base of a rock outcrop roughly 200 feet below Alberta Falls.

Traveler's View: National Park Service Logos Lack Creativity, Fail To Celebrate "America's Best Idea"

National parks, it's held up, are "America's best idea," but logos chosen for the National Park Service to celebrate its centennial and to use in other venues fail to reflect that belief. Indeed, they ignore the rich heritage and beauty of the National Park System in a curious attempt to "engage and connect with new audiences."

Plein Air Painting Event Coming To Rocky Mountain National Park

Open-air painting can be one of the most challenging, and beautiful, forms of the art. And later this month you'll have the opportunity to watch painters in action as they work to capture the fall at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park's Centennial Celebration Kicks Off On September 3

Rocky Mountain National Park reaches a big milestone in 2015, so the park is kicking off a year-long celebration of its 100th birthday on September 3, 2014. An ambitious agenda featuring a wide variety of activities has been planned through September 2015 for the centennial observance which has a great slogan: "Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder: Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, Inspire the Future."

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.

Essential Fall Guide '14: Find Your Place In The West At A Dude Ranch Near A National Park

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.

Essential Fall Guide '14: Fall Is Not The Season To Stay Inside

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.

100th Anniversary Of Arapaho Pack Trip Celebrated On August 9 At Rocky Mountain National Park

In 1914, the Colorado Mountain Club, hoping to persuade Congress to support the establishment of a national park in the Estes Valley and Grand Lake area, arranged for Arapaho elders from the Wind River Reservation to provide Arapaho names for local landmarks. Part of that effort involved a two-week pack trip through the area, and the centennial of those activities is being celebrated with a series of events on August 9 at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Photography In The National Parks: Avoid Those Bison (And Other Wildlife) Jams

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.

UPDATED: Searches Under Way For Missing Hikers In Rocky Mountain, Kings Canyon National Parks

Searches were under way Monday afternoon for missing hikers in both Rocky Mountain and Kings Canyon national parks.