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Mitigation Projects Continue At RMNP

Bark beetles continue to be active within Rocky Mountain National Park, impacting large numbers of conifer trees. The park’s priorities for mitigation of the effects of beetles are focused on removing hazard trees and hazard fuels related to the protection of life and property. For several years, Rocky Mountain National Park has had a proactive bark beetle management program. In recent years, bark beetles h ...

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Rocky Mountain National Park Public Use Statistics Update

Rocky Mountain National Park is correcting and aligning its public use statistics procedures. Starting in January 2012, traffic is counted at Lumpy Ridge and Lily Lake on the park’s east side; regression formulas rather than counters are used for west side minor entrances; Sun Valley Road, a county road across from the Kawuneeche Visitor Center, is no longer counted as non-recreation visitation as this road ...

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Closures For Bear Lake Road Reconstruction In April and May

Bear Lake Road reconstruction in Rocky Mountain National Park began in early March. The first night closure will begin on April 1 and may run through May 18. The closures will take place from the junction of Trail Ridge Road/US 36 and Bear Lake Road to the Moraine Park Junction. The road will be closed from 10:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. nightly Sunday nights through Thursday mornings. Moraine Park Campground will ...

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Incident in Bear Lake Area Of Rocky Mountain National Park

On Saturday, February 18, park rangers were notified of an overdue 54-year-old female from Estes Park, Colorado. A family member found her car at the Bear Lake parking lot, but it was unknown where she may have hiked or snowshoed to. Rangers and family members stayed in the Bear Lake area until after midnight. Early Sunday, February 19, park rangers searched the Nymph, Dream and Emerald Lake areas as well a ...

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Fatality on West Side of Rocky Mountain National Park

At 3:10 p.m. Saturday, February 18, Grand County Sheriff’s Department was notified by cell phone of a 64-year-old man who had collapsed, was unconscious and not breathing one-third mile from the Green Mountain Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. Park rangers, Grand Lake Volunteer Fire Department and Grand County EMS responded. A park ranger and additional rescue personnel reached the man at 3:28 p.m. ...

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Several Controlled Burns In Progress This Week

Fire managers are planning to conduct pile burning on the Moraine Park Dump, North side of Deer Mountain and East Road Corridor from Deer Junction up Trail Ridge and down to Old Fall river road. Ignition of the piles is scheduled to begin on Monday February 6th at approximately 10:30 am if weather and smoke dispersal conditions permit. Burning will continue through the week of February 6th - 10th. There wil ...

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

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 th ...

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