Easterday's Lazy Rx Cabin

The Easterday's built this cabin in 1986. It has been used as a family retreat - as prescribed for fun and relaxation! We are pleased to share it with you! Please message us for current rates and availability!

Rocky Mountain National Park

The road in Wild Basin is in very rough shape, so it will be closed to all uses (hiking, driving, etc) Wed, July 24, from 5a to 5p for repair. This closure will be from the Wild Basin Entrance station to the Wild Basin Trailhead. Visitors should avoid this area of #RMNP on Wed, July 24 https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/news/wild-basin-road-will-be-closed-to-all-uses-wednesday-july-24.htm ks

Go check out our neighbors!

FAQ FRIDAY: ALIENS HAVE LANDED… AT LILY LAKE
Come see the tiger salamanders in their alien-looking aquatic stage and help the park document this and other seasonal events at Lily Lake with your smart phone or tablet. Learn more at: go.nps.gov/LilyLakeScience Live long and prosper!
(NPS) tc/ks

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We've remodeled!! New floors and upstairs living room furniture. Come visit and check out the updates!

One thing we love here at the cabin is the crisp mountain air. How long has it been since you filled your lungs with it? Come back to visit soon and make sure to take a nice deep breath!

This week we celebrate Air Quality Awareness Week #AQAW! We have planted several species of native plants in a ozone garden outside Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, including the Coneflower (Rudbeckia lacinata). Because of their sensitivity they will be able to tell us about ozone levels in the park. High ozone levels can make it hard for people to breathe and over time can damage plant leaves. We all need to do our part to protect clean air!
Learn more about ozone gardens at: go.nps.gov/OzoneGardens #AirAware

If you’re coming to the mountains anytime soon, please be bear aware.

Right now bears are waking up, and they're hungry.

Help keep bears wild by being #BearAware🐻! https://cpw.state.co.us/bears

🗑 secure your trash - 🐦 take down bird feeders - 🐶 don't leave pet food out - 🔒 lock home/car

📷 Photo by DJ Hannigan

Bigfoot Days

Looking for a reason to come to Estes Park this month? Look no further! Or, at least come looking for Bigfoot. You never know what you’ll find. #EstesPark #BigFootDays

estesparkeventscomplex.com Estes Park Bigfoot Days will feature activities, events, educational opportunities, and entertainment all dedicated to Big Foot lore. There will be a ticketed Bigfoot themed dinner on Friday night,...

Be safe if you’re in the high country this weekend.

STAY SAFE: PLAN AHEAD & CHECK CONDITIONS BEFORE YOU GO
If you’re coming to RMNP this weekend, be prepared for challenging winter conditions and plan ahead, read avalanche and weather forecasts, and road conditions, and if you decide to go, be sure you are not only knowledgeable about conditions and terrain, but you have proper gear.
Powerful avalanches have been making the news lately. The backcountry of #RMNP is in the Front Range Zone, with very dangerous conditions now.
There is a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow for the northern and central mountains this afternoon and tonight.
The east side of RMNP up to about 9000 ft is under a High Wind Warning from midnight tonight to noon Saturday. This can cause blowing snow, falling trees, hazardous driving conditions especially for high profile vehicles, and other hazards.
Monitor the weather as you travel and be ready to turn back if conditions worsen.
Colorado Road Conditions http://www.cotrip.org/
Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s Front Range Forecast https://avalanche.state.co.us/forecasts/backcountry-avalanche/front-range/
Weather Forecasts:
Estes Park http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=40.372936901617834&lon=-105.51568733080495#.WEnQ2027qRs
Bear Lake http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?map.x=109&map.y=81&site=BOU#.WEnRQU27qRu
Grand Lake http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=40.19&lon=-105.8735#.WEnRX027qRs
It’s winter in the mountains – don’t underestimate it! Remember… safety is your responsibility.
(NPS) ks

For those looking to enjoy the park this winter, you might want to have a backup plan.

Rocky Mountain National Park will have limited road access by vehicle but will remain accessible to pedestrians and bicycles during the lapse in federal appropriations. Due to road conditions from snowfall Saturday and blowing and drifting snow and ice combined with the inability to snowplow, sand or otherwise maintain the roads, gates are closed past the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center on US 36, past the Fall River Entrance on US 34, past the Wild Basin Entrance on the Wild Basin Road and at the Grand Lake Entrance on US 34. All of these sections of roads are above 8,000 feet in elevation and are closed to vehicular traffic. Vehicles may not move barriers or travel off road to pass closed gates. It is uncertain whether these roads will reopen until after the shutdown. Limited road areas in other areas of the park remain open to vehicle travel.

Park visitors are advised to use extreme caution if choosing to enter the park on foot, bicycle or in limited legal areas via vehicles, as park personnel will not be available to provide guidance or assistance. Emergency services will be limited. Any entry to the park during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor’s sole risk. All rules and regulations still apply.

No visitor services will be provided. Services that require staffing and maintenance, such as snow plowing, entrance stations, the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, the Kawuneeche Visitor Center, Moraine Park Campground, and some restroom facilities will not be operating. Roads that are already open will remain open, weather and road conditions permitting. Park staff will not issue permits, conduct educational programs, collect trash, maintain restrooms, maintain roads or walkways in the event of snow or ice, or provide visitor information. Fall River Visitor Center, located outside the park on US 34, is open through December 30, excluding December 25.

Easterday's Lazy Rx Cabin

Elk are amazing to see in person, but be sure to keep a safe distance.

Rocky Mountain National Park

One of the fires is near Trail Ridge Road, so please check current conditions before you head up there.

Smoke may visible in the park today. https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/news/two-small-fires-burning-in-rocky-mountain-national-park.htm

Visit Colorado

Longs Peak comes in at #5. What is your favorite?

SHOUTOUT: What's your favorite Colorado mountain? (bonus for pics)

A great way to enjoy the Perseid Meteor Shower!

RMNP Night Sky Festival Aug 10-11-12
Celebrate darkness, view our amazing universe, learn more about space science, and enjoy the Perseid Meteor Shower! All events are free and open to the public (park entrance fees apply) https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/night_sky_festival.htm ks

The Outbound Collective

Did your favorite make the list?

Try one of these favorite Rocky Mountain National Park hikes. #everyoneoutside

Stay safe out there!

THINK SAFE-STAY SAFE: LIGHTNING
Even though #RMNP is currently under a Fire Ban, severe thunderstorms can still occur, and there has been quite a bit of lightning lately. Colorado has the third most lightning strikes in the US after Texas and Florida. NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area, even if the thunder is in the distance.
Plan and prepare: know the forecast. Thunderstorms can develop quickly, so always keep an eye on the sky. If you need to, don’t hesitate to change plans to not put yourself in a vulnerable place. Your life and well-being aren’t worth the danger!
If you are in your vehicle, don't get out and walk around outside while it is lightning, especially above treeline. Look and enjoy from your car and wait for the storm to move off.
If you are outdoors and away from shelter,
• Avoid open fields, hilltops and ridgetops;
• Stay away from tall, isolated trees or other tall objects. If you are in a forest, stay near a lower stand of trees;
• If you are in an open area, go to a low place such as a ravine or valley;
• Stay away from water, wet items (such as ropes) and metal objects (such as fences and poles, even metal-framed packs).
You’ll find a National Weather Service webpage with a Weather Briefing for Rocky at http://www.weather.gov/bou/rmnp
Also check out the National Weather Service’s Lightning Safety Tips & Resources https://www.weather.gov/safety/lightning for more extensive information.
Stay safe!
(NPS/VIP Schonlau) ks

Wandering Colorado

This hike starts just down the road from the cabin. Check it out the next time you stay with us!

Calypso Cascades is a 3.6 mile roundtrip hike from the Wild Basin trailhead which is roughly 12.5 miles outside of Estes Park on HWY 7. It is still part of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Know before you go.

RMNP ANNOUNCES COMPLETE FIRE BAN
Because of the EXTREME fire danger, Rocky has a fire ban until further notice. Only petroleum-fueled stoves & grills that can be turned on & off are permitted in developed campgrounds, some picnic areas & backcountry campsites https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/news/rocky-mountain-national-park-announces-complete-fire-ban.htm ks

Rocky Mountain National Park

Please call (970) 586-1204 if you have any information.

A SEARCH IS UNDERWAY IN THE MT MEEKER AREA OF #RMNP - PLEASE CALL THE PARK IF YOU'VE BEEN UP THAT WAY
Search Underway In Mount Meeker Area Rocky Mountain National Park. Park rangers would like to hear from anyone who has been in the Mt Meeker area since Sat, June 30. Especially those who noticed abandoned gear or other clues. Please call (970) 586-1204.
https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/news/search-underway-in-mount-meeker-area-rocky-mountain-national-park.htm

Estes Park, CO

Looking for something to do in EP this summer? Head on over and help celebrate the Summer Solstice in style!

Celebrate the Summer Solstice Scandinavian style! Including beer garden, dancing, live music, the Maypole and more:

Trail Ridge Road is open for the season!

Trail Ridge Road has opened for the season. It will remain open as long as weather and road conditions permit https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/news/trail-ridge-road-opens-for-the-season-may-24.htm ks

Please know the rules when encountering wildlife. If you don’t then you could be like this person and risk fines and tickets. But more importantly, you will risk the life of the animal.

Feeding wildlife is illegal in Colorado and so is harassing them, now one woman may face charges after calling over and feeding this moose. https://cbsloc.al/2HYyLRc

Free entry into the park tomorrow. Get there early as it is sure to be a busy day, and check out some of the activities going on to celebrate Earth Day.

Come and help us celebrate our beautiful planet this Earth Day at Rocky Mountain National Park. An event will be held tomorrow Saturday April 21st from 10:00A - 2:00P at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. See the list of activities below.

Estes Park, CO

How much do you know about your Estes Park history?

9 Colorful Characters Who Made History in Estes Park!

Stay alert. Stay alive.

FAQ FRIDAY AVOID ANIMAL COLLISIONS
The time changed, and it’s dusky outside earlier in the afternoons than it used to be. That affects our vision when we drive.
Some animals, including mule deer and elk are most active at dusk and dawn. Plus, deer are busy moving down to spend winter at lower elevations, including valleys on the east and west sides of Rocky, from their summer habitats near treeline. Elk have just finished their fall rut, and are still hanging out together in big herds. In general, there are a lot of large animals around!
So we as drivers need to be extra careful, especially at active times for these animals, for their safety and for ours.
(File photo of elk and vehicle on snowy US Hwy 36 NPS/VIP Schonlau) ks

Having a rough morning after setting your clocks back? Let’s add some snow to your day.

A winter storm has enveloped the park today in a layer of snow with 12” of snow at Bear Lake and it is expected to continue to snow throughout the day and tomorrow. Enjoy the winter views from the park’s webcams:

https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm

(Photo Continental Divide webcam 11/5/17)sl

What do you call a moose with no name? Anonymoose.

Winter is here and moose are in the area! ❄️

Stay bear aware!

SCIENCE FRIDAY ARE BEARS STILL ACTIVE?
Rocky has a small population of Black bears (no grizzlies). In fall bears are extremely active, the time for hyperphagia when bears need to consume up to 20,000 calories per day to prepare for hibernation. The average human man needs 2,500 calories/day, and the average woman needs 2,000. That means in fall Black bears need up to 10 times the amount of calories per day! Bears can be active any time of day or night.
How far away do smells carry for you? Maybe the smell of strong coffee or baking pie can fill your house, but they don’t carry really far, do they? Black bears can smell food five miles away! Their memories are sharp, and they can remember all the places they’ve located food previously.
Black Bears are omnivores, which means they will eat most anything organic, including berries, leaves, twigs, nuts, roots, flowers, ants, grubs, bees, fish, and small mammals, though they are not usually big hunters. Keep in mind that anything scented is considered a food item by a bear, including food, drinks, toiletries (even toothpaste, deodorant, and lip balm), cosmetics, pet food and bowls, odoriferous attractants, medications, and garbage.
Don’t be the cause of bears losing their natural fear of humans, for them looking to human places for food. Don’t attract wildlife, including black bears, to campsites because of improperly stored food items. It is also smart to not leave food unattended in vehicles.
More about Black bears https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/nature/black_bears.htm
More about proper food storage at Rocky campgrounds and trailheads https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/food-storage-at-campgrounds-and-trailheads.htm
(Black bear NPS/VIP Schonlau) ks

Love this time of year! If you're lucky enough to come see the elk, please stay safe.

Remember it’s the elk rut, with so much love in the air please stay a safe distance: at least 75 feet or 2 bus-lengths away from these wild animals. A bit of a long-distance relationship with the elk and other wildlife is truly the best kind.
Get more tips on how to see wildlife in the park:
https://goo.gl/SyDQjL

Estes Park News, Inc.

As fall approaches, keep your eyes out for all of the wildlife roaming around.

Mama moose and two calves this morning!! Amazing!!

Rocky Mountain National Park

Please be patient with traffic in RMNP as crews continue to work on the roads.

https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/news/pr_pavement_preservation_project_continues_adjusted_schedule_due_to_weather_delays.htm

colorado.gov

CDPHE - Colorado.gov/AirQuality

For those wondering about the smoke/haze in our area. We checked with the Estes Valley Fire Protection Dist.
The smoke is from SW Utah....there is nothing in our area that has been reported or that Estes Valley Firefighters are responding to.

COLORADO SMOKE OUTLOOK:
Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 2:30 PM MDT

A large plume of smoke continues to be emitted from the 49,626 acre Brian Head wildfire in southwestern Utah and is periodically being transported eastward into western Colorado. Depending on activity at the fire, this smoke may become widespread across Colorado on Wednesday. The vast majority of this smoke is remaining aloft and having little effect on ground-level public health. However, unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion in western Colorado on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Light to moderate smoke is also possible near prescribed fires and small wildfires around the state.

https://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx

colorado.gov Wildfire smoke has been intermittently transported into southern and western Colorado from several wildfires in neighboring states. Smoke and haze may be visible and the smell of smoke may be noticed at times in portions of southern and western Colorado. Currently, no public health threats due to th...

Its always an adventure in the mountains. Saw this guy just outside Allenspark as we left the cabin today!

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