National Parks

9:57am

Fri August 29, 2014
National Parks

Drones Grounded In National Parks, For Now

Screencap from video uploaded by user Ryan Beck showing drone footage shot in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Ryan Beck YouTube.com

It’s now illegal to use drones within national parks in Colorado and across the country. The National Park Service initiated the ban in late June, but park officials had two months to implement the policy.

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4:00am

Fri August 1, 2014
Hidden Colorado

A Past Still Visible, Finding Estes Park's Lost Ski Resort

The parking lot of Hidden Valley Ski Area inside Rocky Mountain National park, date unknown. The resort was taken down in the 90s and is now a trailhead for hiking and winter backcountry skiing.
Estes Park Museum

At first glance, Hidden Valley Trailhead inside Rocky Mountain National Park doesn’t seem like much. Two lonely structures sit near a small parking lot, surrounded by stunning scenery: white, yellow and purple wildflowers dot a lush, green opening inside a lodgepole pine forest.

What you can’t see is the complicated past of this area. On winter days between the 1950s and 1990s, the mouth of this valley used to hold a ski lodge, ski school and a 500-car parking lot. Hills were dotted with skiers, connected by ski lifts and rope tows.

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5:00am

Fri July 4, 2014
Environment

As RMNP Summer Visitation Peaks, Flood Damage Remains Visible

A washed out section of Old Fall River Road, which has yet to be repaired since September's flooding.
Rocky Mountain National Park

5:23am

Mon May 26, 2014
Fine Art

From Yellowstone To Grand Canyon, WPA Posters Celebrate National Parks

Yellowstone serigraphs, circa 1939.
Courtesy of Doug Leen and the Interior Museum

If you've ever been to a national park and stopped off in the gift shop, you may have seen drawings of iconic park sights for sale as posters or post cards. The brightly colored print reproductions showcase the parks' impressive vistas, such as Yellowstone's Old Faithful geyser and the Grand Canyon's overlooks.

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11:31am

Thu March 6, 2014
The Salt

How Yosemite Keeps Its Bears' Paws Off Campers' Hamburgers

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 12:33 pm

Researcher Jack Hopkins used barbed-wire snares to collect hair samples from bears in Yosemite. Analysis of isotope ratios in hair samples showed how much of the bears' diets came from human food.
Courtesy of Jack Hopkins

One of the great joys of camping out in a national park is chowing down by the fire. But campers aren't the only ones drawn to burgers and s'mores roasting over an open flame, beneath a mass of twinkling stars.

Those rich aromas can also prove irresistible to the local critters. From bears to foxes to coyotes, biologists have documented wildlife getting irrevocably hooked on our food and food waste. And for good reason: Our food is way more calorie-rich — and thus, better for making babies — than the standard black bear fare of insects and leaves.

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