Rocky Mountain National Park

Coronavirus Primary category in which blog post is published

Gates shut at Rocky Mountain National Park, first Colorado park to close amid fears of coronavirus spread

Days after Interior Secretary David Bernhardt suspended entrance fees at national parks, Estes Park mayor asked to close the park, citing crowds, older residents and a potentially overwhelmed hospital.

Outdoors Primary category in which blog post is published

Rocky Mountain National Park and others are open — with some changes — amid coronavirus

Parks are trying to keep up with ever-changing rules and recommendations from government officials who are urging people to avoid gathering in large groups but allowing them to get outside for fresh air and exercise.

Environment Primary category in which blog post is published

Water crisis looms if Colorado fails to meet its legal obligations to other states, study warns

If water consumption increases by as little as 12%, the risk of Front Range spigots and farmland going dry doubles. But some call the findings scare tactics.

Outdoors Primary category in which blog post is published

Electric-powered bikes are now allowed on BLM and National Park trails — and not everyone is happy about it

The new rule issued by Interior Secretary aims to ease management and clarify conflicting rules by allowing e-bikes access to all bike trails. But trailbuilding and wilderness groups lament the lack of public involvement in the decision.

Opinion: Funding for public lands remains in jeopardy

Congress needs to include full, permanent, mandatory funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Opinion
Environment Primary category in which blog post is published

A tiny garden in Boulder is showing signs of stress from smog. The scientist behind it is thrilled.

Four types of plants growing near the entrance to NCAR are part of a nationwide network of gardens where citizen scientists and climate researchers collect data about the impact of ground-level ozone

Environment Primary category in which blog post is published

Climate change is transforming Western forests. And that could have big consequences far beyond wildfires.

The heat of a warming planet, like an artist’s palette knife on a canvas, etches its way across Western forests, slowly altering ecosystems that have flourished for centuries.

Outdoors Primary category in which blog post is published

Campers now want more than just a tent. One Colorado campground is leaning into those changing tastes — and shorter attention spans.

Corporate campgrounds such as Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts and its much larger competitor -- Kampgrounds of America -- have learned that today’s campers need more than stargazing to keep them interested