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Seeking Public Input On Wild Basin Area Improvements

Rocky Mountain National Park staff are considering making improvements at four locations in the Wild Basin area located in the southeast part of the park. These four locations include the picnic area located just west of Copeland Lake, the winter turn-around located midway along the road that leads to the Wild Basin Trailhead, the Wild Basin Trailhead located at the terminus of the road and the provision of ...

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Protection Of High Value Trees And Hazard Mitigation Projects Continue

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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Recovery Efforts Begin For David Laurienti

Before dawn this morning, March 21, a team of park rangers assisted by two members of Rocky Mountain Rescue left the Lawn Lake Trailhead to resume recovery operations for the body of David Laurienti. Another team left the trailhead at approximately 8:00 a.m. to aid the first team’s efforts. The second team consisted of park rangers assisted by five members of Larimer County Search and Rescue. A forecast of ...

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From The Family Of David Laurienti of Estes Park

Our beloved father, husband, and friend David Laurienti was fatally wounded in a climbing accident on Sunday March 17, 2013 while climbing with long time friend and climbing partner Lisa Foster in RMNP. David was an avid outdoorsman, family man and consummate friend. Climbing, camping, marathon running, fly-fishing, and laughing with his family and friends around the campfire were among his favorites. He sp ...

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Accident Victim Found

At 2:00 p.m. this afternoon David Laurienti’s body was found in the Upper Fay Lakes drainage on the north slope of Ypsilon Mountain. His body has been protected and moved to a more secure location. The six-person park team who located his body will be coming out of the backcountry tonight. Tomorrow, park rangers will evaluate alternatives for the safe recovery of his body. This will be dictated largely by w ...

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Fatality in Rocky Mountain National Park – UPDATED

Rocky Mountain National Park rescuers arrived at the trailhead with Lisa Foster at 1:00 a.m. this morning, Tuesday, March 19. They were assisted in the evacuation by Larimer County Search and Rescue. Foster was transported by ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center. Specific information on her injuries will not be released. Over 32 park rescuers were involved in yesterday’s efforts plus six members of Larime ...

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Volunteers Needed At Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is home to one of the most dynamic and hard-working volunteer programs in the National Park Service. Volunteers augment park staff in day-to-day operations and on special projects. In 2012, 1,670 volunteers served over 102,000 hours at the park, making it one of the largest volunteer programs in the National Park Service. In 2013, these numbers will likely increase. The park is ...

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Public Meeting Scheduled On Potential Multi-use Trail System

Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) is preparing a Multiuse Trail Plan with an accompanying Environmental Assessment (EA). RMNP completed a Multiuse Trail Feasibility Study in 2009, for the developed eastern portion of the park. This study confirmed the feasibility of a trail system that would extend approximately 15.5 miles from the Fall River Entrance to Sprague Lake, with potential connections to three v ...

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