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.

Rocky Mountain National Park Rangers Work Through The Night To Save Climber

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.

Fatality Reported Near Longs Peak At Rocky Mountain National Park, Followed By Injured Climber

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 To Close For All Uses For Repairs

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.

UPDATE: Second Lightning Fatality At Rocky Mountain National Park In Two Days

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.

Lightning Strike Fatality At Rocky Mountain National Park

A woman was killed and seven other hikers injured by a lightning strike Friday at Rocky Mountain National.

Birding In The National Parks: Gleaning The Benefits Of eBird's New Features

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.

Conference On Best Environmental Practices For Climbing Community Coming In July

A conference next month will discuss how the climbing community can leave an even smaller footprint on the world's peaks.

Cost Of Rescue Of Canadian Teen Released By Rocky Mountain National Park

In late May the plight of a Canadian teenager stranded on a mountain ledge at an elevations of 13,000 feet in Rocky Mountain National Park attracted international media attention. A major and risky rescue effort ensued, resulting in the teen's eventual return to safety. The park has now released additional details, including the cost of the rescue.

What To Do In The National Parks This Summer? Take A Hike!

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.

Fall Proves Fatal To Colorado Man At Rocky Mountain National Park

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.

Canadian Stranded On Longs Peak In Rocky Mountain National Park Rescued

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.
Wildlife Watching in America Spotting wildlife in national parks seems intuitive. After all, bears, moose, elk and other wildlife are the calling cards for such parks as Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Great Smoky, and so many others. Still, knowing when and where to look can improve your success rate of spotting specific species, and this book can help you accomplish that.

Climber Stranded On Longs Peak In Rocky Mountain National Park

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.

Estes Park, A Natural Extension Of Rocky Mountain National Park

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.