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Rocky Mountain National Park

Moose Research Returning To Rocky Mountain National Park

Late last summer, Rocky Mountain National Park staff began a moose research project to better understand how moose use habitat in the national park. Moose presence has been increasing annually on both the east and west sides of the park, with recent reports showing animals observed in every major drainage in the park. Research will continue this summer to better understand moose behavior.

Around The Parks: Fire At Rocky Mountain, Snowshoe Hikes At Sleeping Bear, Big Cypress Rescue

Though December is here, fires are still possible in the National Park System, as evidenced by one this week at Rocky Mountain National Park. For those looking forward to winter, know that Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is scheduling snowshoe treks. And if you're thinking of hiking the Florida Scenic Trail, beware of high water that trapped two hikers recently.

Exploring Winter’s Wonders In The National Park System

It started in mid-September; a few flakes began to flutter across the Crown of the Continent in Glacier National Park. The snow since then has slowly spread east and west, north and south. By January the white mantle likely will cover the whole northern tier of the National Park System, from Acadia west to Olympic, south through Rocky Mountain, into Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountain national parks.

Long-Distance Trails For Your Consideration

Since 1966, national scenic and historic trails have been an American priority. They traverse mountains, canyons, forests, and grasslands across the country, crossing creeks and rivers and skirting lakes. These narrow corridors through the wilderness provide recreation and protect historic resources while conserving natural features. There are many physical, emotional, and logistical requirements for these trips, and winter is the perfect season to get in shape and plan for a long walk. Here’s a quick look at a few of these trails to help you plan a trip.

Trails I've Hiked: Mills Lake And Beyond At Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park, with its sky-scraping peaks, deep valleys gouged out of the landscape by creeks and rivers fueled by snowmelt, and forests thick with conifers and dappled with aspens, is a hiker's dreamscape. Though there are only 355 miles of marked trails, far fewer than Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone, Glacier, and many other national parks, Rocky Mountain "hikes" much bigger than it seems.

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