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Amazing Tours – Gorgeous, Educational, Fun!

Why drive? when there is a brilliant resource providing a unique opportunity to learn from experienced, Park-endorsed naturalists right across the street from Boulder Brook! Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Institute, the non-profit partner of Rocky Mountain National Park, provides daily tours to Bear Lake, Grand Lake, and Top-of-the-World Alpine Visitor Center.  Full day course registration includes Lunch and Park Entrance fees are always included.

 

If you are here on Tuesday, take a Grand Lake Safari!  Rocky Mountain National Park contains breathtaking scenery, ample wildlife viewing, and opportunities to connect with the past as you travel across Trail Ridge Road, the scenic and awe-inspiring by-way across the Continental Divide. Your guide provides a unique overview of the Park’s history, flora, fauna, and geology while traversing the breathtaking Trail Ridge Road landscapes from the comfort of a 14-passenger bus or 12-passenger van. Many photo-ops, and pull-off stops along the wayincluding the Alluvial Fan, Rainbow Curve, Alpine Visitor Center, Milner Pass (Continental Divide), Holzwarth Historic Site, and the historic town of Grand Lake. Both lunch and admission into Rocky Mountain National Park are included. Registration: Adults $85 Children 12 and under $55.  TIME: 8am-5pm

 

If you are here on Wednesday or Thursday take a Journey to the Top of Trail Ridge Road – the premier attraction of RMNP. The nation’s highest continuous paved highway meanders through various life zones on its way through the Park and over one of the largest, most pristine stretches of alpine tundra in the lower 48 states. Guides provide a unique overview of the Park’s history, flora, fauna, and geology as you view landscapes from the comfort of a 14-passenger bus or 12-passenger van. Great photo-ops, wildlife viewing, not much walking. Visit  the Alluvial Fan, Rainbow Curve, Milner Pass (Continental Divide), and the Alpine Visitor Center. Both lunch and admission into Rocky Mountain National Park are included in the registration fee. No driving needed! Take the free shuttle from Boulder Brook to the Fall River Visitor Center. Registration: Adults $65 Children 12 and under $35. TIME: 9am-3:30pm

 

 

If you are here on Thursday, Escape to Bear Lake! Enjoy a spectacular view of a high mountain lake with Continental Divide peaks as the scenic backdrop. Your guide provides interesting cultural and natural history and leads a short, gentle walk through the subalpine terrain. The driving portion of this tour provides both an overview of the Bear Lake corridor (including the geology of Moraine Park and the natural history of the subalpine life zone) and a chance to view wildlife (Moose!) along the shores of Sprague Lake. Take the free shuttle from Boulder Brook to the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. Adults $40 Children 12 and under $20 Time: 8am-12noon

 

Pick up a flyer at check-in or visit http://www.rmna.org//rmna.cfm?Page=docs/CourseCalendar.htm to sign up for one of these great tours and many other wonderful natural adventures!

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Look, Use the Zoom, Please Don’t Touch

It’s that time again – wild babies are everywhere!  As wonderful as calves and fawns and pups and kits are, Colorado Division of Wildlife (CDW) reminds us not to approach, touch or handle young animals as they are best cared for by their parents.

 

It seems strange to us that animal “infants” are left alone by their mothers but it is to their advantage and for their benefit. Young elk and deer and moose, for example, carry no scent, blend well in to their surroundings, and learn to stay still, silent and safe while their mothers forage and gain the nutrition they need to recover from birthing and produce milk for the young ones to nurse.

 

From now through mid-summer, visitors are likely to see young animals that appear alone in the forest, in backyards, on or near trails or along the sides of roads.  Rest assured, they have not been abandoned. If you seen a baby, move away quickly. Never get between a mom and her offspring.  If you are a parent, you understand why. An Elk cow will know you are close and both see and smell you long before you see her. The same holds true for Deer and Moose mothers, so do not approach or attempt to get the baby animal to move.  They are safe and secure right where they are and mom is probably a lot closer than you may realize.

 

CDW reminds us also to keep our pets leashed and/or under control.  As much as we love them and as domesticated as they are at home, in the woods, dogs and cats are natural predators. Canines and Felines acting on their natural instincts will find young animals, birds and bird eggs, and can attack, kill, or even frighten a babe to death.

 

Last but not least, we are reminded to never, ever feed wildlife. We are very fortunate that our area is abundant with plenty of natural food available to support our wildlife community. We are not helping when we feed peanuts to the Picas or seeds to the chipmunks.  We are, in fact, damaging them and hurting their chances of survival through the coming winter.

 

As much we would love to touch, to feel, to get close and ooh and aah over babies of any species, it is up to us to honor our wildlife, to be respectful and considerate of their needs, personal space, and natural processes.  Remember we live in their backyard. Keep to a safe distance. Look. Don’t approach or touch. Never Feed.  Be calm. Be quiet. Be respectful. Be safe, and ensure the safety of your little ones. Use the Zoom. You’ll still have a wonderful wildlife viewing experience and everything around you will benefit by your good manners.

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New Historic Downtown Estes Park Walking Tour

Beginning on Monday, June 23, and continuing throughout the summer on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays from 8:30am to 10am the newly formed Downtown Docent Corps reveal the hidden past of Estes Park in Historic Downtown Walking Tours.

 

Tours start and end at the Northeast corner of Bond Park (Who was Cornelius Bond?) next to the Enos Mills (?) sculpture.  Get the answers to these and many other questions along with fun surprises and historical imagery for only $8 per person cash, check, or charge on the day of the tour. Space limited to 12 people per tour on a first come first served basis.

 

Proudly sponsored by the Estes Park Museum. Located at 200 Fourth Street; Open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. Free admission. For more information please call 970-586-6256 or visit www.estes.org/museum

 

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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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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