Rocky Mountain National Park


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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Tue July 29, 2014
National Parks

Rocky Mountain National Park Visits Hurt By Shutdown, Floods

Section of Old Fall River Road washed out by flooding
Rocky Mountain National Park

Visits to national parks were down across the U.S. by about 9.1 million in 2013 – a decline of 3.2 percent, according to a new National Parks Service report on park attendance that year. In Northern Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park saw an even greater decline, with visits down by 7.4 percent.

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Fri July 4, 2014

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


Sat May 24, 2014

Mountain Roads Reopening For Long Weekend

Trail Ridge Road is now open on a tentative basis depending on weather.
Credit Kent Kanouse / Flickr - Creative Commons

For those of you wishing to venture into the mountains this 2014 Memorial Day weekend you’re in luck. Many mountain roads closed for the winter are now reopening. Some roads remain closed for the foreseeable future and others are temporarily open during daytime hours. Here's a complete list on the current status of the main mountain roads for Colorado’s Northern and Central Mountains.

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Wed March 5, 2014
Government Shutdown

Report Measures The Cost Of Government Shutdown On Parks

Mummy Range, Rocky Mountain National Park
by Mark Jarvis Flickr/Creative Commons