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Colorado’s Gift To The Nation

By: Vaughn Baker Rocky Mountain National Park  Superintendent In 2010, Rocky Mountain National Park will celebrate its 95th birthday. On January 26, 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act establishing Rocky Mountain National Park. This culminated an effort by many in Colorado and elsewhere to set aside a scenic portion of the southern Rockies for the enjoyment of present and future generations. In es ...

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RMNP Program On Small Mountain Owls

Saturday, January 23, 7:00 p.m. -Small Mountain Owls of Rocky. When we picture an owl we often conjure up an image of a large majestic bird like the Great Horned Owl. Did you know that Rocky is home to owls so small they could easily use a pencil as a perch? Four species of small owls are found in Rocky Mountain National Park: the Flammulated Owl, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, and Boreal Owl. S ...

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New Kid Friendly Snowshoe Programs At Rocky

Join a Park Ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park for a kid-friendly snowshoe adventure on the west side of the park. Snowshoeing is a fun way to experience the backcountry of Rocky Mountain National Park and is a great family activity! The next programs will be held on Saturdays; February 6 and March 6 at 10:30 a.m. Ages 6-12 are welcome with an adult. Participants should dress warmly, in layers and furni ...

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What’s Happening To The Willows? Program At RMNP

On Saturday, January 16, 7:00 p.m. - Rocky Mountain Research Fellows Present Two Part Program on What’s Happening to the Willows? Willows are a critical component of Rocky Mountain wetlands. Yet these important shrubs are seeing a decline in many areas, due in part to fungal infections. Come hear about research being done in Colorado River willow communities to determine what stressors interact and lead to ...

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Explore Rocky Mountain National Park During The Winter

For many visitors, winter is their favorite season to enjoy Rocky Mountain National Park. The park is less visited but still very much open and alive with activity. Beautiful backcountry areas can be reached on snowshoes, skis, and at lower elevations - even with hiking boots! Elk, coyotes, deer, snowshoe hares, and other wildlife remain active through the winter.  Their story is told by the tracks left in ...

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RMNP Saturday Evening Program On Hotshots Wildland Firefighting

Saturday, January 9, 7:00 p.m., Hotshots - Experiences in Wildland Firefighting will be the Saturday evening program at Rocky Mountain National Park. Ever wonder what it's like to be a wildland firefighter? The Alpine Interagency Hotshot Crew, based at Rocky Mountain National Park, is a group of men and women who are highly trained and skilled at fighting wildland fires. Get a glimpse into "a day in the lif ...

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Holiday Fun At Rocky Mountain National Park

The holiday season is a great time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. In addition to beautiful scenery, wildlife viewing and a variety of winter recreational activities to do on your own, some fun activities with park rangers are offered. On the east side of the park: Winter Storytime-Read with a Ranger!  December 26 at 10:30 a.m., December 27 at 2:00 p.m., and daily from December 28 through January 2 a ...

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RMNP Saturday Evening Program

This fall and early winter, Rocky Mountain National Park will continue to celebrate our national parks, with Saturday evening programs at 7:00 p.m. in the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center Auditorium. All programs are free and open to the public. Saturday, December 12, 7:00 p.m.-The Gates of the Arctic. Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve stretches for over 200 miles across northern Alaska, preservin ...

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