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.
The Gold Banner is one of the most common flowers in the lower elevations of Rocky Mountain National Park, and in Estes Park. It starts blooming in the lower elevations as early as April, but the best displays are usually in early to mid June. This beauty is a relative of peas, and is slightly poisonous which helps explains why you find it everywhere elk like to graze. Elk generally leave it alone until later in the season when the toxicity decline. They can take a few bites, but most blossoms live long and happy lives, adding stunning color to our June.
Guest Blogger is Jared Gricoskie of Yellow Wood Guiding. You can schedule a tour with Yellow Wood Guiding by clicking here.