This dramatic landscape of towering mountains and alpine lakes encompasses more than 265,000 acres - 95% of which are designated wilderness. With this intentional focus on protecting this unique landscape, there are few developed infrastructure areas in the park, which leads to traffic problems in areas including the Bear Lake Road Corridor and right off Trail Ridge Road. Alpine tundra also encompasses approximately 1/3 of the park. Alpine tundra is a fundamental and fragile resource, which requires park managers to give this ecosystem increased attention for protection.
Moose reading the "No Pets Beyond This Point" sign at Lilly Lake, CO on August 14, 2015.
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Fact Sheet Great American Outdoors Act Success Stories The Great American Outdoors Act is providing crucial funding – up to $6.65 billion over five years – to fix our national parks’ crumbling roads, decaying buildings, outdated water systems and many more repair needs. This bill, along with other funding sources, is ensuring our parks can continue to welcome millions of visitors each year and protect the natural and cultural resources that tell our nation’s history.
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Magazine Article Pristine No More Researchers are detecting traces of human waste in some of the national parks’ most remote lakes and streams.
Read more about Arches, Glacier and Rocky Mountain to Resume Timed Entry Access in 2023
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Magazine Article Paradise Found? A century ago, a college student in “cavewoman” attire reportedly braved bears, freezing temperatures and a bearskin-clad suitor in the wilds of Rocky Mountain National Park. Did any of it actually happen?
our family wants, all people to see and experience the natural landscapes of our country. We want the wilds to remain forever wild and not be destroyed for profit by interests who do not understand the value of these treasures. Our national parks are treasures to be preserved and should be used to educate all people who want to visit them or people who just appreciate their beauty through art and photography. — Bob
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Magazine Article Troubled Waters For decades, biologists and anglers stocked national parks with nonnative trout. What will it take to undo the ecological damage?
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Regional Events Park Talks Join our NPCA community for virtual "Park Talks" to learn about our work and ways you can get involved.
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Magazine Article Pines in Peril Grand Teton’s lodgepole forests are exquisitely adapted to wildfire — but can they survive a changing climate?
Read more about Colorado Air Quality Regulator Reverses Decision to Retire Coal Plants Early
Press Release Colorado Air Quality Regulator Reverses Decision to Retire Coal Plants Early Air Quality Control Commission sides with corporate polluters over decision to force the early retirement of three coal plants
Read more about The 12 Parks Most Threatened by Oil & Gas Drilling
Blog Post The 12 Parks Most Threatened by Oil & Gas Drilling Oil and gas development threatens the future of national parks. NPCA's new report, “Spoiled Parks,” highlights what we stand to lose in the face of the current administration's energy policies.
Read more about Spoiled Parks: Top 12 National Parks Threatened by Trump Administration's Energy Agenda
Press Release Spoiled Parks: Top 12 National Parks Threatened by Trump Administration's Energy Agenda Spoiled Parks explores how current leasing policies have scarred landscapes and threaten future harm to clean air, cultural heritage, wildlife and tourism economies.
Read more about Celebrate Colorado!
Blog Post Celebrate Colorado! 5 reasons my state’s national parks should be on your bucket list — and how NPCA works to protect them.
Read more about BLM Hits Pause on Leasing Nearly 150,000 Acres for Oil and Gas Development
Press Release BLM Hits Pause on Leasing Nearly 150,000 Acres for Oil and Gas Development The temporary lease deferrals in Colorado were a result of federal court orders but reflect a commonsense need to provide the public time to consider oil and gas leasing proposals on public lands.
Read more about Protecting and Connecting Our Nation's Treasured Park Landscapes
Fact Sheet Protecting and Connecting Our Nation's Treasured Park Landscapes National parks are key to protecting and connecting our most revered places.
Read more about Center for State of the Parks: Rocky Mountain National Park
Report Center for State of the Parks: Rocky Mountain National Park As is true of most national parks, Rocky Mountain faces pressures that threaten to diminish its splendor and importance to posterity.