Re: ROCKY NAT FOREST INFO NEEDED (Long)
Steve Robinson (0006155173@MCIMAIL.COM)
Tue, 5 Mar 1996 17:36:00 EST
>ROCKY NATIONAL FOREST INFO NEEDED! This summer our troop is going to our
>assistant scoutmaster sister's place. She has this Bed and Breakfast, so
>she is letting us stay free (outside in tents of course). I want to take
>some older Scouts and some leaders in hiking and finding a place to pitch a
>tent for one of the nights. Does anyone have any information about hiking
>and camping regulations in the forest - or does anyone have a phone number
>and/or address I may write to?
The following is information off the National Park Service homepage:
Sorry for the long post. Hope this helps!
ASM, Troop 1133, Plano, TX
Rocky Mountain National Park
The park's rich scenery typifies the massive grandeur of the Rocky
Mountains. Trail Ridge Road crosses the Continental Divide and looks
out over peaks that tower more than 14,000 feet high. Wildlife and
wildflowers call these 415.2 square miles (265,727 acres) of
Colorado's front range, home.
3.1 million in 1994; highest in July and August; lowest in December.
Estes Park, CO
Headquarters: Rocky Mountain National Park
Estes Park, CO 80517
(907) 586-1206, for general information.
(970) 586-1333, phone recorded message.
(970) 586-1319, TDD.
OPERATING HOURS, SEASONS:
Open 24 hours a day, year round.
CLIMATE, RECOMMENDED CLOTHING: Summer; sunny mornings, possible
afternoon thunderstorms and cool nights. Winter; cool conditions to
blizzard conditions with extreme temperature variations. Weather
conditions change quickly in mountainous areas and snow is possible
year round. Wear appropriate dress for each season; comfortable
clothing, dress in layers, rain gear, and sunscreen.
Visitors traveling from North-South on I-25: exit highway 34 or
highway 36, westbound to Estes Park. Continue on highway 34 to the
north entrance, or highway 36 to the south entrance, where park
headquarters is located.
Visitors traveling from the East-West on I-70: exit highway 40 north
to Granby, north on highway 34 to Grand Lake and continue on highway
34 to the west entrance.
To Park: access by state highways 34, 36, and 7.
In Park: personal vehicle, bicycle, summer season limited shuttle bus
service on Bear Lake Road and public transportation: tour buses.
FEES, COSTS, RATES:
$5.00 per private vehicle; $3.00 per bicyclist, motorcyclist or
pedestrian; $10.00 for Golden Age passport;
$25.00 for Golden Eagle passport; and free for Golden Access passport.
FACILITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES:
Headquarters Visitor Center and Kawuneeche Visitor Center offer park
orientation exhibits and movies; open daily, closed December 25.
Moraine Park Museum, "The Making of a Landscape", geology exhibits;
open daily, May through mid-October. Alpine Visitor Center, "The Land
of No Trees", alpine tundra ecosystem exhibits; open daily, Memorial
Day through mid-October. Combination forest service and park service
exhibits explore the Longs Peak area at the Lily Lake Visitor Center;
open daily, June through August. The Never Summer Ranch examines
historical dude ranching; open mid-June through Labor day. Corral
Creek information station open daily; mid-June through Labor Day.
Sheep Lakes information station; open daily, mid-May through mid-
There are 355 miles of trails ranging from easy to strenuous. There
are 82 miles of paved roads, and 28 miles of unpaved roads. Trail
Ridge Road (highway 34), crosses the park and rises to 12,183 feet,
with ten miles of road above tree line. Trail Ridge Road is open
Memorial Day through mid-October. Fall River Road, one-way uphill
only, is nine miles of gravel road and meets Trail Ridge Road at Fall
River Pass. Fall River Road is open July 4 through mid-October. Bear
Lake Road, highway 36, and lower sections of highway 34, are open year round.
Roads close temporarily, due to weather conditions.
Ranger led activities daily, during the summer, and weekends, during
the winter. Special programs held year round.
Lodging and camping facilities:
None in park. Lodging available in Estes Park and Grand Lake.
Five Campgrounds (577 sites); Longs Peak, Aspenglen and Timber Creek
are first come, first served. Moraine Park and Glacier Basin are
reservation campgrounds, 1-800-365-2267. Longs Peak, Moraine Park and
Timber Creek campgrounds open year round. Group sites available at
Backcountry camping by permit only. Designated backcountry sites (269)
and zoned areas. There is a $10.00 permit fee during summer, with
reservations suggested. Permits are required for bivouacs.
Available in towns of Grand Lake or Estes Park and snack bar located
at gift shop at Fall River Pass.
Other Concessions/NPS-Managed Visitor Facilities and Opportunities:
In summer, horse stables and gift shop available. The Rocky Mountain
Nature Association operates book centers in each visitor center.
Park Headquarters, Lily Lake, Moraine Park Museum, Alpine Visitor
Center and Kawuneeche Visitor Centers are accessible with some ranger
led activities. Trail to Bear Lake, Beaver Boardwalk, Sprague Lake and
Coyote Valley trails are accessible, as well as the backcountry site
located at Sprague Lake. Most campgrounds, amphitheaters, overlooks
and bathrooms are moderately accessible.
Parking areas at the Alpine Visitor Center and Colorado River
Trailhead are available for buses. Many other overlooks can
accommodate buses depending on traffic volume. Shuttle bus operates on
Bear Lake road during summer.
RECOMMENDED ACTIVITIES/PARK USE:
Scenic driving tours, hiking and bicycling, camping, backcountry
camping, skiing and snowshoeing, limited snowmobiling, picnicking,
ranger led activities, wildlife and wildflower viewing and birdwatching.
Camping reservations for Moraine Park and Glacier Basin campgrounds,
Backcountry camping and bivouac permits, (970) 586-1242.
Reservations for outreach school programs must be made in advance.
Environmental Education fee waivers for school groups should be made
two weeks in advance, (970) 586-3777.
Commercial filming permits are required, (970) 586-1278.
BASIC VISIT RECOMMENDATIONS:
Day trips for scenic driving tours. Several days to a week for hiking,
camping, and wildlife viewing.
SPECIAL EVENTS, PROGRAMS:
Ranger led programs are offered daily through the summer and
frequently during the remainder of the year. Evening campfire programs
are offered at campgrounds. Special lecture series and programs occur
year round. The Rocky Mountain Nature Association offers summer
seminar programs, (970) 586-1258. Both the towns of Grand Lake and
Estes Park hold special activities.
Information regarding road closures, trail conditions and closures is
ADJACENT VISITOR ATTRACTIONS:
Shops, stores, lodging, food and restaurants are available in the
towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake.
Write: Superintendent, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park CO
80517, or call (970) 586-1206. Estes Park Chamber of Commerce,
1-800-443-7837. Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce, 1-800- 531-1019.
Rocky Mountain Nature Association Home Page
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