September 23, 1985 |
Autumn arrived with a shiver and a coat of snow in the northern Rockies and Plains today as a fast-moving storm skated southward from Canada, while the East Coast braced for a tropical storm, a weather system fueled by heat. On the first full day of fall, Colorado's higher mountains made the transition from summer with a new accumulation of six inches of snow. Colorado's Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved road in North America, was closed during the weekend by four-foot snowdrifts.
October 12, 1985 |
A rain-swollen Kansas river rose four feet in one hour, forcing 100 residents to flee their homes Friday, while heavy thunderstorms across New Mexico washed out bridges, closed roads and took the life of one woman. Officials at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado closed the 11,000-foot-high Trail Ridge Road for the winter after snowplows failed to bust seven-foot drifts. The Whitewater River in Augusta, Kan., fed by up to five inches of rain, was more than 30 feet deep and rising.
October 7, 2003 |
Remember gorp, the funky trail mix of the '80s? It went the way of hair bands when PowerBars hit the market, but today's outward-bound will find bona fide sustenance at GORP.com (Great Outdoor Recreation Pages). The home page kicks things off with editorial essays, travel deals and Web links -- all geared to experiencing the world outdoors. Seasonal and regional offerings make the site relevant locally. Click on "Close to Home" for day trips and current activities nearest you.
July 13, 2012 |
Los Angeles Times photographer Mark Boster created a remarkable photographic record of Yosemite National Park in four seasons. His photos are spectacular -- and he shares some details on how he got those pictures. Now here's a chance to learn from the pros how to capture the wonders of California's signature park. Canon and the American Park Network are sponsoring free photography workshops three times a day to take you around Yosemite and get you snapping. The deal: The Photography in the Parks program includes free photo and video workshops at 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and sunset (around 8 to 8:30 p.m.)
August 15, 2002 |
Firefighters were working to control a wildfire near an upscale suburban neighborhood Wednesday but lost a single-engine airplane delivering retardant when it veered off a runway. Authorities suspected a passing Union Pacific train sparked the wildfire, which forced the evacuation of approximately 90 homes about 10 miles west of Denver. Residents were allowed to return late Wednesday evening. The airplane, carrying fire retardant for the U.S.
October 7, 1999 |
Trackers cast doubt Wednesday night on the theory that a cougar might have snatched a 3-year-old boy missing for five days when they reported that what looked like the boy's footprints were actually bear tracks. But the trackers confirmed a set of prints near the bear tracks on a steep, rocky mountainside were made by a mountain lion, Larimer County Sheriff Sgt. Justin Smith said. And a boot print still thought to be Jaryd Atadero's was found nearby.
August 16, 2002 |
A ranch, a lodge and a campground were evacuated Thursday when a 5-week-old wildfire flared up and threatened 50 structures. Air tankers and a hand crew were en route to the 600-acre blaze in the Flattops Wilderness Area, 34 miles southwest of Steamboat Springs and 125 miles west of Denver. The fire was sparked by lightning July 8 but had been allowed to burn because it was in a wilderness area. "Now all of a sudden it's taken off," fire information officer Roger Condie said.
August 24, 2012 |
The National Park Service , the agency that overseas 397 national parks, battlefields, monuments, historic sites, seashores and even scenic byways, turns 96 on Saturday. Some parks are older than that -- Yellowstone, the nation's oldest park, was created in 1872 -- and some are much younger. Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve , for example, is little known even though it stretches 8.4 million acres in Alaska's Brooks Range. It became a national park and preserve in 1980.