Estes Park Blog
Summer has arrived in Rocky Mountain National park and brought with it Discovery Days, an interactive environmental education program for families! Each Discovery Day offers something new to learn about in Rocky Mountain National Park. There are a variety of activities to participate in including hands-on education stations, arts and crafts, and a reading/puppet corner. This program is designed to creat an immersive experience for families to learn more about Rocky Mountain National Park's ecology, geology, and even its rangers! Discovery Days will take place on the lower lever of the Fall River Visitor Center every Tuesday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, through August 14, with a new theme each week. Participants can stop by at any time and spend as little or as much time as they want exploring the education stations, actitivies, and crafts.
The Discovery Day Tuesday Line Up:
June 26: Nature Detectives
July 3: Predators of the Park
July 10: Top of the World (Alpine Tundra)
July 26: Trail Masters (Orienteering and Leave No Trace Ethics)
July 31: Secrets of the Past (History)
Aug 7: Ranger Day (Ranger Jobs)
Aug 14: Water, Water Everywhere
Come by each Tuesday for a new adventure!
For more info about RMNP, please call the park's Information Office at 970-586-1363.
Many people who've planned, or are planning a trip to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park have been concerned about how the High Park fires will effect their vacation. Of course, our hearts and best wishes go out to everyone who has been effected by the blazes in CO, and to those who are risking their lives to protect the land. We do want you to know that Estes Park is approximately 40 + miles away from the High Park fire, and other than a light haze in the sky, is untouched.
For current information about the fire, you can go to the Larimer County website: http://larimer.org/emergency/emergency_detail.cfm?nam_id=85
Another important thing to know is that Rocky Mountain National Park has announced a total fire ban within the park:
Due to the continued extreme fire danger, extended weather forecast and current level of fire activity in the State of Colorado, park officials have announced a ban on all fires within Rocky Mountain National Park. This ban is effective beginning today, Monday, June 18, and will remain in effect until further notice.
Campfires, including charcoal briquette fires, are not permitted anywhere within the park. However, petroleum fueled stoves and grills will still be permitted in designated backcountry campsites, as well as developed campgrounds and picnic areas. Smoking is also prohibited, except within enclosed vehicles, parking lots or developed areas that are cleared of all flammable materials for at least three feet in diameter. Visitors are reminded to properly extinguish all lighted smoking materials in ashtrays. Fireworks are always prohibited within the park. Rocky Mountain National Park always restricts campfires to designated fire grates only. The last time a total fire ban was in place in the park was in September of 2010, and during the summer of 2002.
For further information on fire conditions in the park, please contact the park’s Information Office at 970-586-1206.