Four popular trails at Rocky Mountain National Park – the Lawn Lake and Ypsilon Lake, Alluvial Fan, Twin Sisters and Aspen Brook trails – were so damaged by Colorado's historic flooding, park rangers are preparing to repair or reroute them. The park is asking for the public's help in deciding which trail plans to go with.
Colorado officials scrambled to reconnect dozens of destroyed roadways after September's 2013 floods — most notably U.S. Highways 34, 36 and Colorado State Highway 7. That rush to reconstruct had a price, according to a new article in the Fort Collins Coloradoan: Thousands of trout have left the St. Vrain, South St. Vrain the Big Thompson rivers.
For the first time since 2008, Rocky Mountain National Park is considering a bevy of fee increases on everything from camp sites to entrance fees.
Under the proposed changes, the weeklong entrance pass would change from $20 to $30. Park officials would introduce a day-use pass at the $20 level. The annual park pass would increase from $40 to $50. By 2017, the price for an annual pass would be $60.
Inside Rocky Mountain National Park, the fall colors and snow-capped mountains make for spectacular sightseeing. But some park visitors aren't there for the grandeur. They're there with their sandwiches, chips and blankets ready for a different kind of Colorado sporting event: the annual elk mating season.