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Park Visitors Urged To Be Cautious In Rocky Mountain National Park Due To Possible Falling Trees

Fallen tree in Sprague Lake picnic area

Extremely high winds and micro bursts on Saturday evening through early Sunday morning blew down numerous trees in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Winds were estimated to be between 70 to 90 miles per hour with even stronger micro bursts. Many of the trees that blew down were not beetle killed trees, but were old, large ponderosa pines. Sprague Lake is temporarily closed as park staff continue to cut trees that have fallen on the access road leading to Sprague Lake from Bear Lake Road. Tuxedo Park, a picnic area located along Bear Lake Road, is also closed due to numerous fallen trees.

Park visitors should be mindful that falling trees are an ever-present hazard. When traveling or camping in the forest, trees can fall without warning. Be particularly watchful when it’s windy, or following a snowstorm when branches are heavy with snow.

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