Finally. The long days of summer are upon us in Estes Park, the base camp for Rocky Mountain National Park. There’s plenty of daylight to really put some miles under your boots, take a hike with your kids and listen to nature, or even take a multi-day backpack trip to the high lakes and solitude. There’s a hike for every skill level, and every length of stay, from the lazy amble to epic mountaineer routes.
Rocky Mountain National Park
In 2015, Rocky Mountain National Park was the third-most visited national park with over 4.1 million visitors. So far this year, Rocky is experiencing an 11 percent increase in visitation. Over the last 100 years, the reasons people visit are the same; to experience nature, to seek solitude, to enjoy scenic grandeur, to watch wildlife, and to partake in outstanding recreational activities.
A band of military personnel training on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado encountered unspecified problems and rangers were trying Friday to arrange an aerial rescue if the climbers could reach the peak's summit.
Enos Mills learned at a young age how beneficial the outdoors could be. The “father of Rocky Mountain National Park” was just 15 years old in 1885 when he made his first climb to the top of Longs Peak in what later would become the national park.
The seemingly never-ending battle against bark beetles in the forests of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado will continue this spring and summer as crews spray an insecticide on stands of trees thought to be at risk from the beetles.
Hundreds of rangers representing dozens of countries will focus on “Connecting Parks, Rangers, and Communities” at the eighth World Ranger Congress from May 21-26 at the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Proposed repairs and reroutes of Rocky Mountain National Park hiking trails damaged or washed away by storms in September 2013 are now available for public review.
While algal blooms that turn water red may look cool, they pose a risk to humans and the shellfishing industry at Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts.
After receiving year-end numbers from around the National Park System, visitation to the parks last year reached a record 307.2 million, according to the National Park Service. A number of parks attracted some staggering numbers of visitors, such as Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain, which each surpassed 4 million for the first time, and Grand Canyon which tallied more than 5 million, the agency said.
At Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, diminutive but outspoken pikas likely will endure what climate change brings to the park. At Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, however, they probably will not, according to a five-year study of the tiny rodent's Western populations.