Areas of Rocky Mountain National Park now closed for elk rut season
Rocky Mountain National Park officials put closures in place beginning this week for foot traffic and horseback riders off established roadways and designated trails.
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, according to park officials. As always, elk calling and the use of spotlights or vehicle headlights for spotting wildlife is prohibited within the park.
The closures are now in effect from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily, and will last through Oct. 31. Closures are effective in Horseshoe Park, Upper Beaver Meadows, Moraine Park, Harbison Meadow and Holzwarth Meadow inside the park.
Fishing in the Fall, Thompson and Colorado rivers within the posted areas and during the closure period is also prohibited.
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Grand County make the Sky-Hi News' work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User