Many folks who love Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park are watching the news about the Fern Lake Fire with concern. Perhaps you are planning a trip to Estes Park and want to know how the fire is affecting the area. Hopefully, this can help answer some of your questions.
First of all, the town of Estes Park is not affected by the wildfire in RMNP. The wildfire is approximately 8 miles SW of Estes Park and not in the immediate Estes Park vicinity. Estes Park is not in the current projected path of the fire, which is heading north. The fire is approaching 400 acres, and surrounded by steep terrain with limited ground access. No structures are currently threatened. Air support crews are working to contain the it.
Throughout Estes Park, hotels, attractions, shops, and restaurants are welcoming visitors and providing an enjoyable vacation experience. There continue to be ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and family-friendly events.
The Estes Park Fire Department is assuring people that the air quality is safe for all outdoor activities (including hiking, wildlife viewing, biking, and fishing) and events.
For the most up to date information on the Fern Lake Fire, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/romo . If you are on twitter, you can follow @RMNPOfficial, http://twitter.com/RMNPOfficial . You can also call the public information line at: 970-586-1381.
October is one of my favorite months to photograph the subalpine lakes in Rocky. Often the lakes have just started to freeze or may still be open so you can get some amazing reflections as well as shiny ice. Be sure to dress extremely warm if you shoot sunrise, and know your trails well as they often get snow covered. Pro tip: don't take your gloves off to take the shot. Your fingers will thank you greatly. Great spots would be Dream, Mills, Loch, Haiyaha, Helene, Two Rivers, and a hand full of other lakes in the Bear Lake area.
Contributed by Jared Gricoskie of Yellow Wood Guiding.