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Bears Are Awake and Hungry!

From the Front Range to the Western Slope, our cherished Black Bears are waking and emerging from their winter hibernation. After not eating for months, they wake hungry and just about anything will do! Since Bears can smell a promising food source from miles away, it is up to us to prevent backyard scavenging and to direct their searches to natural sources. Left to their own devices, bears naturally gravitate to the areas with the best food. It is up to us as friends of nature to ensure that the best food is not leftover pizza or pizza boxes; pet food; pets; bird food; people food or food wrappers; compost; deli, grill or kitchen scraps and/or utensils.

 

Be Bear Aware! Living and working with nature takes just a little extra care and only a tiny bit of effort. Remember:

 

  • Thoroughly clean picnic areas and burn off grills —  Leave no scent, leave no trace.

 

  • Bears like and can easily scent anything meat or sweet!  Do not leave food, food wrappers or any potentially smelly food related items  in your car.

 

  • Never intentionally feed bears or other wildlife. It is illegal and potentially dangerous for both you and the animals.

 

  • Diligently use Bear Safe dumpsters and recycling bins.

 

We welcome and appreciate ALL of our visitors – two and four-legged alike. It is up to us to be respectful of nature and to remember we are nature’s caretakers and guardians. Love the outdoors and all life in it — Be safe. Be conscientious. Be Bear Aware.

 

For more information on living with wildlife, please visit www.wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/LivingWithWildlife/Pages/LivingWith.aspx

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Creepy and Wonderful

The annual celebration of horror, The Stanley Film Festival (SFF), runs from April 30 to May 4, and features a total of 54 films at 3 locations, 3 panels, and several additional creepy activities including an interactive horror game, spine-tingling radio plays, and “something to do with Zombies.”

 

Take a peek into a few of this year’s features:

 

Sun Choke: a recovering psychotic; a bizarre holistic wellness routine, a nanny enforcer, and an obsession that threatens sanity;

 

Some Kind of Hate: a troubled teen subjected to severe bullying conjures a vengeful, violent ghost on a mission of retribution;

 

Good Night Mommy: after extensive reconstructive facial surgery, two children are unsure about the identity of the woman behind the bandages. Is it mom?

 

Over Your Dead Body: vicious spirits awakened by a theater production company horrify unsuspecting actors in this re-imagined, Japanese ghost story.

 

When Animals Dream: a remote seaside town in northern Denmark, a young independent woman, and a blossoming heritage of werewolves;

 

Deathgasm: a couple of metalheads start a band and release an ancient evil in this energetic, action-comedy;

 

Stung: an overdose of toxic fertilizer accidentally breeds a mutated pack of giant, blood-thirsty wasps.

 

After all the spine-tingling horror, camp, monsters, hauntings, and general creepiness, soothe jangled nerves and enervated brain cells with long hot soak in your spa tub…yes, we understand you will be sleeping with all the lights on.

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April 25th is Earth Day

Join park staff and community partners at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center to celebrate Earth Day and National Junior Ranger Day with special booths, arts and crafts activities, ranger programs, and greenhouse tours. Learn more about how to take care of our national parks and our planet. Ask for the special Earth Day Scavenger Hunt activity sheet and/or get your Junior Ranger Badge!  Both are free!

 

Activity Schedule:

10a – 2p Biodiversity Olympics (Family-friendly activities to get moving)

11a – 12n Volunteer Trash Pick-up (Meet at the visitor center at 10:45, dress for the weather, equipment is provided)

10:30a Bear Necessities Program

1p Nature Walk

2p Skins and Skulls Program

 

Park greenhouse tours will be held from 10a to 2p.  Stop by for a tour and see young plants springing to life.  A map with directions to the greenhouse will be available at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.

For more information about Rocky Mountain National Park, please call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206 or visit www.nps.gov/romo

 

 

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Adventure Awaits!

Right across the street, on the hill where the Big Horn Sheep graze and nap in the shade of the pines, is a wealth of knowledge, adventure, learning and creativity that sources a panorama of unique, educational and fun adult, kid and family classes, activities, and myriad opportunities to experience Rocky Mountain National Park in fresh and exciting ways with the support of a professional naturalist, guide, or Park educator.

 

Everyone gets to see and experience the wonder and beauty of the Park on Educational Adventures by Bus.  Choose a half day trip to the top of Trail Ridge Road  https://rmconservancy.org/event/journey-to-the-top-a-trail-ridge-road-bus-adventure/   or take the full day to enjoy the Grand Lake Safari https://rmconservancy.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/7301_Grandlake_Bus_Tours.pdf .  Enjoy the unique light of Sunset over Never Summer Mountains from Rock Cut on the Sunset Safari https://rmconservancy.org/event/new-sunset-safari-an-educational-adventure-by-bus/  or experience the rut like never before on an Elk Expedition

 

Bringing the kids?  Check out the catalog of Youth & Family Classes where awesome opportunities for children of all ages to enjoy being outdoors in nature abound.  In June, kids and parents together can take a Virtual Geocache Adventure to either Hollowell Park or Upper Beaver Meadows.  Art Adventures; Photojournaling; Fly-fishing and Stream Ecology; Trailblazing; and lots of hands on learning with topics ranging from “Who Pooped in the Woods?”  to “What’s Hiding Underwater?” are offered several times throughout June and July.

 

Hike with a Naturalist in one of four new Adult Hiking and Skill-Building Classes.  The new series begins in August with a visit to Lawn Lake, and follows in September with hikes to Mount Ida, Loomis Lake, and Chasm Lake.

 

Artists, photographers, and writers from next door and from all over the world come to Rocky for inspiration and to practice their craft.  Creative immersion into drawing and painting; landscape and wildlife photography; and Plein-air painting are just a few of the creative experiences available.

 

Natural History Classes are available nearly every day.  Explore Owls, Raptors, Eagles, Toads, Bears, Elk, Mountain Lions, Insects, Moose, Pika, River Otters, Butterflies, Geology, Rocks and Minerals, Grasses, Mushrooms, Plants and Wildflowers, orchids, and secret places.

 

Visit http://www.boulderbrook.com/calendar/2015-05/ for our Events Calendar or go to www.RMConservancy.org for a full catalog and to choose your adventure!

 

Rocky Mountain Nature Conservancy www.RMConservancy.org , the non-profit official partner of RMNP is allied with the National Park Service, Colorado State Parks, the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the US Fish and Wildlife Service offers an extensive year-round catalog of adventures , classes, and interactive programs.

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Rocky Mountain Irish Gathering

The Rocky Mountain Irish Gathering is truly a magnificent celebration of Irish culture and history uniquely presented through educational and fun exhibits, films, lecturers, storytellers, vendors, special guests, dancing and music in a family friendly, mountain festival atmosphere.

 

Superb music throughout the weekend includes traditional Irish music and modern trad/rock performances in Gaelic. The whole family will awe to the sound of pipes and drums accompanied by the lightning fast pace of dancing feet as multiple Dance Troupes of all ages amaze visitors with their skill and stamina.  We dare you to keep still!

 

The Gathering inspires cultural and community connections with special guests including authors, historians, artists, authors and of course, cooks! The event features a special children’s area; traditional refreshments, food and beverages for everyone to taste and savor; Interactive activities and exhibits, shopping, and a few surprises! Contests include Take Me to Ireland; Irish Road Bowling; Men with Kilts and Best of the Best Fiddlers.

 

Pack your kilt, gather your clan, and make your plans today! The festival opens on June 18 and runs through the weekend. More info: http://rockymountainirishfestival.com/

 

Ticketshttp://rockymountainirishfestival.com/festival-info/tickets/

 

Thursday Only: 17 and younger FREE, 18 and older $12.00

 

Friday – Sunday:  General Admission $15 advance; $20 at the gate  *  Senior (age 60+) $12 advance; $15 at the gate  *  Children (age 13-17) $10 advance; $12 at the gate * Children 12 and under enter free.

 

Firefighter/Military/Police with valid ID – $10.00 (purchase at gate only)

 

Entry for Take Me To Ireland Contest included with above cited tickets.

 

Friday Night Concert: $20 featuring: Trinity Irish Dancers at 7p  *  Seo Linn at 8:30p  * The Prodigals at 10:30p

 

Saturday Night Concert: $20 featuring: Trinity Irish Dancers at 7p  *  Seo Linn at 8:30p  *  Surprise guest at 10:30p

 

VIP PACKAGES NOW ON SALE! $360 all inclusive package for $250 includes (2) daily passes all four days, concert tickets (2) Fri and (2) Sat. FREE parking right on festival grounds all four days, (12) Free drink cards, (4) food cards, (2) 2015 Rocky Mountain Irish Gathering T-shirts, meet and greet bands!

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Live music

As Spring brightens and everything blooms with mother nature’s music – the river flowing, the birds chirping, the squirrels and chipmunks foraging – some of our favorite places are brightening and blooming with the return of live music and entertainment. Whether you sit back, relax and listen, sing out loud, or grab your instrument and get up on stage to join the jam or sing your heart out, the music is as fine as the flowers in springtime – fresh, colorful, and lots of fun!

 

Weekly on Wednesday, beginning May 6, 2015 at 9pm, entertain your heart out at Open “Mic” Night or weekly on Friday and Saturday nights, beginning May 1, 2015 at 9pm, exercise your inner rock star at Karaoke Nights. Both at Lonigans Irish Pub and Grill – 110 West Elkhorn Ave – Ph:  970 586 4346 http://www.lonigans.com/

 

Weekly on Thursday, beginning May 7, 2015, at 6pm, enjoy Ladies Night with The Mountain Town Rockers at Estes Park Resort located on Lake Estes with a panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains and a dining room menu that features locally grown and fresh ingredients.– 1700 Big Thompson Ave  – Ph:  970 577 6400   http://www.theestesparkresort.com/?s_kwcid=AL!4331!3!52641050929!p!!g!!estes%20park%20resort&ef_id=VRll4AAAAUn2OQb7:20150330235945:s

 

Weekly on Friday, beginning May 1, 2015 at 6pm, enjoy your delicious meal at Twin Owls Steakhouse accompanied by James Davis playing Classical Guitar. Enjoy the cozy, comfortable and romantic atmosphere of this 1929 refurbished homestead. 800 MacGregor Ave – Ph: 970 586 9344 www.twinowls.net

 

Weekly on Saturday nights, from 7p-10p, Mountain Town Trio rocks the house at the Historic Marys Lake Lodge Tavern and Brewery.  2625 Marys Lake Road – Ph: 970 586 5958 http://maryslakelodge.com/

 

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They’re Back!

The first sure signs of spring include river run off that amplifies the wonderful Fall River lullaby, the return of migrating birds and a general warming and waking of plant and animal life. After a couple of weeks with somewhat limited sightings, we are delighted to once again welcome our wildlife visitors.

 

If you look up, you may get to marvel at the amazing sight of a Bald Headed Eagle soaring across the morning sky.  Frequently seen standing way up on top of the mountain ridges around Boulder Brook, seemingly looking out on eternity, the Big Horns are majestic even in their somewhat worn winter fur.  Groups of Ewes and babes forage on Fall River Road and frequently cross back and forth between the Nature Conservancy and Boulder Brook –They like the wonderful road salt and are often seen licking in the middle of the road or, after feeding,  napping on the steep slope of our neighbors’ hill.

 

The Bull Elk, down from on high, and looking bit raggedy in their molting winter fur and various stages of antler dropping, are cruising around town enjoying the freshly sprouted grasses and jostling one another as they socialize and play in the spring sunshine.  The Cows are on the move and can often be seen around Estes Lake and the area surrounding the Events Complex.  You may even get to enjoy ‘Elks on Parade’ as the Matriarchs guide their charges back and forth across Big Thompson Road around the Visitor Center.

 

The owls are mating and hooting. The Magpies and Jays are squawking.  The blue birds are amazing. The Mule deer, generally very shy, are quite active in small groups and are often seen in the most unexpected places in and around town. Remember – they don’t obey traffic signals!

 

And last but not least, our resident squirrels are running, leaping, jumping, and hopping as they frolic, dig up last year’s cone stash and picnic in the early spring sunshine.

 

Mother Nature calls to all – It’s Spring! Come out and play! The sky is blue, the air is cool and fresh, the fish are swimming in the river, and the sun is warm and gracious.  After your hike or climb or ride, relax on your riverside deck and enjoy the lullaby of Fall River. Nature calls. Your home away from home awaits your arrival. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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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