Rocky Mountain National Park

Obama Administration Draws Criticism for Declining ESA Protection To Pikas

A diminutive creature that struggles with warmer temperatures brought on by climate change will not receive Endangered Species Act protection for its predicament, the Obama administration has decided in a move that brought quick condemnation from some corners.
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Rocky Mountain National Park Marks 95th Birthday, Superintendent Invites You to The Park

It was almost a century ago that President Woodrow Wilson signed the enacting legislation that created Rocky Mountain National Park. With its 95th birthday now here, Rocky Mountain Superintendent Vaughn Baker is inviting you to visit the park and explore its beauty.

Looking To Gain A Little Structured Education On Your National Park Trip?

Can you tell by looking at a wildflower in Yellowstone National Park what the underlying geology is? Or, while hiking through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, can you identify a bird simply by its song? Do you want to get relatively up close to the elephant seals at Point Reyes National Seashore? Here's how you can do all those things and more.

Anonymous Benefactor Pledges $1 Million To Rocky Mountain Nature Association

How many folks, if they had an extra million dollars, would offer it to a national park's friends group? At least one person is holding out that check to the Rocky Mountain Nature Association, which can claim the $1 million by matching it dollar-for-dollar by year's end.

Rocky Mountain National Park Offering Snowshoe Hikes, XC Skiing With Rangers This Winter

Winter is starting to pack its full fury in the Rockies, with the snow piling up across the region. In Rocky Mountain National Park you can enjoy that snow by heading into the park on a snowshoe hike or cross-country ski led by rangers.

National Park Mystery Plant 5 Revealed: It’s the Red Baneberry

Did you identify the red baneberry as the mystery plant in yesterday’s quiz? Here are some more interesting facts about this widely-distributed plant and its toxic effects.

"Core Ops" Budgeting in the National Park System Goes Silently Into the Night

A succinct, four-paragraph memo from National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis two weeks ago spurred an outpouring of comments from Park Service employees and marked, potentially, a sea change in how park superintendents go about budgeting for their parks. But is it something the general public should take note of?

Holiday Activities Abound at Rocky Mountain National Park

If you find yourself near Rocky Mountain National Park during the holidays, you might want to consider one of the following activities. With the snow piling up, there will be lots of outdoor activities, but the park also is planning some indoor fun for families and kids. Some require reservations, so don't wait until the last minute.

Updated: NPS Director Jarvis Ends "Core Ops" Budgeting Across The National Park System

In a brief, four-paragraph memorandum, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis has brought to an end a controversial budgeting process that stripped arguably key positions from parks. Dubbed "core ops" for its approach to analyzing a park's core operations, the process failed to produce wise budgeting decisions, the director said in a letter to his regional directors.
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Winter: The Perfect Time To Plan Your Long-Distance Trek Along National Scenic Trails

Winter is a season for planning. How better to pass some of those long, cold, snowy nights than before the fire or a the kitchen table with guidebooks and maps, calculators and checklists? And if you’re thinking of tackling one of the country’s long-distance hiking trails, planning is definitely not over-rated. Here’s a look at some of the trails that pass through parts of the National Park System, and what planning assistance is out there.

Forest Service Open to Allowing Mountain Bikes on Continental Divide Trail, But What About Park Service?

Along its 3,100 miles that wind from the Canadian border down to Mexico, the Continental Divide Trail is one of the most rugged, and in parts one of the most visually spectacular, hiking trails in the country. Now the U.S. Forest Service says the route could be opened in places to mountain bikes, which raises a question of possible impacts to national parks.

Rocky Mountain National Park Finds A Great Promoter In Bill Kurtis

If you've always wondered about visiting Rocky Mountain National Park, but didn't know what to expect, this video is for you. Narrated by Bill Kurtis, who rose to acclaim during his days at CBS News, this video highlights the lay of the land, from tundra to cataracts, showcases the park's renowned wildlife, and points to some of the adventures you can have in the park.

Rocky Mountain National Park's Trail Ridge Road Closes; Can Winter Be Far Off For Us in the Lowlands?

Wintry conditions have become too frequent at the top of Rocky Mountain National Park for crews to keep Trail Ridge Road open any longer this year. But that doesn't mean you couldn't ski or snowshoe across the Continental Divide, if you're hardy enough!

Wilderness Designations And National Parks Don't Cross Paths Often Enough

Yellowstone. Canyonlands. Voyageurs. Grand Canyon. Great Smoky Mountains. Glacier. Surprising as it is, none of those parks has so much as a single acre of officially designated wilderness.

Is It Too Early To Plan A Winter Trip to Rocky Mountain National Park? Naaaahhhh.

An early season blast of winter made the news the other day when it actually snowed out Game 3 of the National League Division Series between the Phillies and the Rockies. With hopes that the storm was a harbinger of a bountiful winter on its way, here's a list of hikes to help you figure out what to do if you make it to Rocky Mountain National Park when the snow is deep and getting deeper.

Rocky Mountain National Park Looking for Some Good Artists

Ahh, a cabin in the mountains. Isn't that what many of us want? Well, if you're particularly artistic, you could win a shot at spending two weeks in such a place in the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Reader Participation Survey: Should Hunters Be Used to Manage National Park Wildlife?

It's fall. There's a crispness in the air, trees are painting the landscape with their colorful leaves, elk are in the rut. And in some national parks, hunters are being dispatched to tamp down those elk populations. Is that the right way to approach wildlife management in the National Park System?

Driving Trail Ridge Road and Other Fall Travel Information for Rocky Mountain National Park

Trail Ridge Road scene
Fall can be a magnificent season in Rocky Mountain National Park, but autumn weather can make travel on Trail Ridge Road and other park routes an "iffy" proposition. Here's where to get the latest updates on road and weather conditions in the park.

Various Care-Taking Projects Under Way in Rocky Mountain National Park

With the busy summer season behind us, crews in Rocky Mountain National Park are getting down to some care-taking projects in the park, ranging from trail repairs to wrapping up a project to rebuild a patrol cabin that was leveled by an avalanche back in 2003.

With the Fall Rut Beginning, Wind Cave National Park Rangers Leading Elk Bugling Programs

One of the oddest sounds you might encounter in a national park at this time of year is the high-pitched squeal of elk. Better known as "bugling," this sound is as magical as that of a wolf howl hanging in the air.

Fatality Reported on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park

A solitary hiker fell to his death from Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, officials reported Friday. Park officials were trying to determine whether the victim was a Colorado man who had failed to return from his trek up the 14,259-foot peak.

Classic Road Bike Rides in the National Parks of the Intermountain West

Experiencing our national parks’ grandeur from the saddle of a road bike is a bit like summiting a high peak. The arduous pedal through the park is rewarded with the scenery and equally thrilling descent from the park roads’ high points. Fall is sublime for cycling in national parks, so with the season quickly approaching, now is the time to experience the Mountain West’s greatest national park road cycling routes.

What's the Best For Elk In Theodore Roosevelt National Park?

On a recent Monday, as I was hiking near treeline in a quiet part of Rocky Mountain National Park, I rounded a corner to see a gigantic bull elk. He hadn’t seen me, but ran down the open hillside to a creek, where he pawed at the water and thrashed at it with his antlers, sending up silver curves of droplets and a splashing sound through the small valley. He then slowed to drink.

Rocky Mountain National Park Hiker Dies In Fall Near Odessa Lake

A Colorado woman hiking near Odessa Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park died after falling 25-50 feet into a creek.

Being Prepared And Keeping Cool Leads To Happy Ending For Man Injured High In Rocky Mountain National Park

There's little worse than a successful summit of a classic Colorado 14er than suffering an injury on the way down. But thanks to being prepared and thinking calmly, an Illinois man will heal and no doubt notch many more summits following a tumble on the flanks of Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Senate Subcommittee Comes to Rocky Mountain National Park for Hearing on August 24

Beetle-killed pine tree.
If you'll be near Estes Park, Colorado, on Monday and you've ever been curious about how a U.S. Senate Subcommittee hearing looks in person instead on C-SPAN, here's your chance.

A Life-Saving Mission Two Miles High in Rocky Mountain National Park

Patient being carried to helicopter
Some high-tech equipment and old-fashioned stamina were both put to good use when a 73-year-old visitor suffered a heart attack in the backcountry at Rocky Mountain National Park. How the park bookstores played a role in the outcome might surprise you.

Climate Change and National Parks: A Survival Guide for a Warming World -- Grizzly Bears

Natural events — wildfires, floods, windstorms — often leave behind obvious marks on the landscapes they touch. Charred trees and scorched meadows, washed out trails, and swaths of fallen trees are some of the reminders of these powerful forces. The impacts wrought by other naturally occurring events and cycles are not always so easy to discern.

Injured Hiker Rescued after Night on Mountain at Rocky Mountain National Park

A hiker at Rocky Mountain National Park suffered a broken leg in a fall in the park's backcountry. He and rangers spent the night on a rocky slope above 12,000 feet before he was flown to a Denver hospital on Sunday afternoon.

Man Dies Within Sight of Longs Peak Summit In Rocky Mountain National Park

A Colorado man within sight of the summit of Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park died Monday from a cardiac episode. It was not immediately known whether the 62-year-old from Durango, who was in the so-called "homestretch" area en route to the summit of the 14,259-foot peak, had summited.
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