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RMNP Discovery Days

Every Tuesday, beginning on June 24 continuing through August 12 from 9am to 1pm Education Rangers at the Moraine Park Discovery Center explore a unique park theme through hands-on activities, crafts, games, and stories. Weekly themes include birds, predators of the park, geology, tracking, orienteering, and much more.

 

The Discovery Center is also the headquarters of the RMNP Junior Ranger Program and is located on Bear Lake Road in Rocky Mountain National Park.

 

Free program for the whole family. For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park please contact the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.

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101 Years Young – The Historic Park Theatre

Sometimes it’s nice just to sit and relax and be entertained.

 

Giving new meaning to the term “Dinner and a Movie” The Historic Park Theatre offers a lovely selection of Café Sandwiches, salads, and desserts as well as a full bar so you can enjoy your meal during the movie.  Who needs popcorn when you can have a “Rocky Turkey Rueben” and an icy brew (though there’s still popcorn, too!)

 

The oldest operating movie theatre in the US has been freshly outfitted with a new Screen, 2D and 3D Projection and Dolby Digital Sound.  Enjoy the old fashioned cinema surroundings and the technology of today.

 

For titles and times or more information please visit: www.historicparktheatre.com

Historic Park Theatre is located at 130 Moraine Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517 Ph: 970-586-8904

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Go Fish!

With over 350 miles of trails covering over 265,000 acres, RMNP offers numerous fishing opportunities for the casual angler or seasoned expert.   Fish here for all wild trout including Brook, Rainbow, Brown, and Cutthroat including the Greenback.  There are options for Catch and Release fishing as well as Catch and Keep throughout the park

 

Anglers can choose to cast their lines in the Big Thompson River below Lake Estes where the first 8 miles is a Catch and Release area.  For even more of a river experience, the Big Thompson Canyon offers more than 20 miles of public water between Estes Park and Loveland with 10 miles of prime Catch and Release fishing between Olympus Dam and Waltonia Bridge where anglers will find Rainbows and Browns.

 

If you want to fish with bait and/or fry up your fresh catch for dinner, Lake Estes is stocked with  Rainbow Trout and is populated by Wild Brown Trout, Yellow Perch, Walleyes, and a few, rare Tiger Muskies.

 

Within RMNP, Sprague Lake is beautiful, and with easy access from the parking area is also stroller, wheelchair, and family friendly.  Catch Brook or Brown Trout with bait while watching for the Moose that live in the immediate area.

 

Lily Lake is the most accessible greenback fishery there is with fish reaching the 20-inch mark. It’s also family, stroller, and wheelchair friendly and features abundant aquatic life and fun hiking trails that meander off the sides.

 

Several great resources fo information, daily reports,  equipment purchase and rental, and/or guided trips are available in Estes Park. A Colorado fishing license is required for all RMNP fishing.

 

RMNP http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/fishing.htm

RMNP http://www.rmnp.com/RMNP-Things-FishingInThePark.HTML

Fishing Estes Park http://estes-park.com/play/fishing-estes

Kirks Flyshop www.kirksflyshop.com

Estes Park Mountain Shop www.estesparkmountainshop.com

 

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International Migratory Bird Day

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) in Rocky Mountain National Park by participating in any or all of our weekend events at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.

 

 

On Friday, June 6, at 7:00 p.m. join local producer Nick Molle as he shows his documentary film “Birds Without Borders” which focuses on four of the over 150 species of birds that share the ecosystems of Rocky Mountain National Park and Costa Rica; fifty of which are known to nest in Rocky and migrate to Costa Rica.  Filmed on location in both countries, the story follows the research team as they attempt to locate and film each of the four birds in sometimes difficult situations.  The one hour film will be shown at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and is free and open to the public.

 

Take a Bird Walk on Saturday, June 7.  Begin at 8:00 a.m. with a short introduction by naturalists and expert birders who will lead a caravan into the park to view birds in a variety of habitats. All ages and abilities are welcome.  Bring warm clothes, water, good walking shoes, binoculars and a snack.   The activity is free of charge, but park entrance fees will apply. The event will end at noon, but visitors are encouraged to continue their birding adventures throughout the day.

 

 

On Saturday, June 7, at 7:00 p.m. join Jason Beason, the Special Monitoring Projects Coordinator for Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory who has worked on a wide variety of projects involving birds in 13 western states. He has been involved with several bird migration research projects at Rocky Mountain National Park including Hermit Thrushes and Western Tanagers, and he helped place geolocators on Ospreys last summer to track their migrations.

 

Founded in 1988, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory is a Colorado-based nonprofit that conserves birds and their habitats through an integrated approach of science, education and stewardship. Their work spreads from the Rockies to the Great Plains, Mexico and beyond.

 

International Migratory Bird Day is celebrated each spring across the United States and Canada.  This special event recognizes the movement of nearly 350 species of birds from their wintering grounds in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean to nesting habitats in North America.  This year marks the 22nd anniversary of IMDB with the theme, “Why Birds Matter: The Benefits of Birds to Humans and Nature,” sharing the many ways in which birds matter to the earth, to ecosystems, and to us!

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Trail Ridge Road – Open for the Season!

The highest continuous paved road in the US climbs to 12,183 feet at the summit and connects Estes Park with Grand Lake.  At 11,796 feet above sea level, the Alpine Visitor Center is the highest in the National Park Service.  Average snow drifts from 18-22 feet have been cleared and motorists are advised to be prepared for 8pm night closures due to melting and re-freezing. It’s still winter above 9,000 feet and in many backcountry areas.  For current road conditions, please call 970-586-1222. Park staff will provide recorded after hours road updates.

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Take a Break from Behind the Wheel

Let someone else do the driving while you relax and enjoy the scenery.

 

Great for the whole family, Rocky Mountain Rush offers several luxury on and off-road tours. Let their guides take you to the “Top of the World” a 3.5 hour tour up Trail Ridge Road for panoramic vistas and awe-inspiring nature.  The shorter “Sunset Tour” is great for families with younger children and features wildlife watching and many photo-ops in the lower valley. For the full list and to book your tour please call 970-586-8687 or visit www.rockymountainrush.com

 

New to town this season is Fun Tyme Trolleys with daily tours that leave from Estes Park Visitor Center. Relax and enjoy their 90-minute Historical Sightseeing Tour (10am daily) or visit lower Rocky Mountain National Park for a 2-hour tour (1:30pm daily).   For more information or advance tickets please call 970-481-8531 or visit www.FunTymeTrolleys.com

 

If you just “Gotta Go!” sign up for a Waterfall Hiking Tour or Photo Safari in the neon Green Jeep that can also time travel! Take the Rustic Ranch Tour back to the early 1800’s over rough and rocky terrain through large meadows with galloping horses.  For more information and/or to book your tour please visit www.GreenJeepTour.com or  call 970-577-0034.

 

And for everything else – whether to meander downtown, enjoy the scenery on the way to dinner, or take the family on a day trip into RMNP, be sure to use the free shuttle. Service begins on June 21st and continues throughout the summer.  The free shuttle stops right in front of Boulder Brook. No parking. No traffic concerns.  Just sit back, relax, and leave the driving to us!

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Historic Hydroplant Open for the Season

F.O. Stanley, one of Estes Park’s earliest residents, built the Fall River Hydroplant in 1909 to provide electric power to the Stanley Hotel, which was originally built to house his frequent visitors and “houseguests.”

 

Now 106 years old and listed in the Historical Register, the Hydroplant was the exclusive source of the Town’s electricity until the 1940s.

 

Destroyed by the Lawn Lake flood of 1972, all the equipment is still there as are the historical markers of the flood’s passing.

 

The Hydroplant is located at 1754 Fish Hatchery Road. It is open 1p-4p Daily except Mondays. Free General Admission all season. Private tours available for a small fee.  For more info: 970-577-3762 or visit www.estes.org/museum

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Come Visit Boulder Brook

Nestled next to the rambling waters of Fall River, Boulder Brook is ideally located to take advantage of the unique shopping of downtown Estes Park or the rugged splendor of the Rocky Mountain National more

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