Rocky Mountain National Park closes areas designated for elk rut
August 31, 2009
On Sept. 1, Rocky Mountain National Park officials will put closures in place for travel on foot or horse off established roadways or designated trails from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.
These closures will last through Oct. 31 and are effective in Horseshoe Park, Upper Beaver Meadows, Moraine Park, Harbison Meadow and Holzwarth Meadow.
Fishing in the Fall River, Thompson River or Colorado River within the posted areas and during the closure period is prohibited.
The purpose of the closures is to prevent disturbance and harassment of elk during their fall mating period and to enhance visitor elk viewing opportunities. As always, elk calling and the use of spotlights or vehicle headlights for spotting wildlife is prohibited in the Park.