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Rocky Mountain Conservancy

  • 1895 Fall River Road
  • Estes Park, CO 80517
  • Ph: (970) 586-3262
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Rocky Mountain Conservancy provides custom and regularly scheduled educational adventures and bus tours for visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park and surrounding areas. Educational tour topics include: Trail Ridge Road and Elk Expeditions, backpacking/hiking, birding, photography, wildflowers, wildlife, geology, history, astronomy, kid’s geocaching and more! With advanced notice, any educational class can be customized for a family or group.

Journey to the Top! A Trail Ridge Road Bus Adventure

One of the premier attractions of Rocky Mountain National Park is Trail Ridge Road, the nation’s highest continuous paved highway. Trail Ridge Road meanders through various life zones on its way

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Spend the day exploring the flora of the Park with a former RMNP interpretive ranger and Master Herbalist. Our attention will be focused on native plants and their current usage as food and medicine

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It is easy to forget that travel in Rocky was once not as simple as it is today. Join us as we switchback through time to traverse the park’s oldest road up to the Alpine Visitor Center and back down

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Sunset Safari: An Educational Adventure by Bus

Take a sunset safari over Trail Ridge Road to experience the changing light, active wildlife, and the calmness of dusk with an ascent in elevation from 7,522 feet in Estes Park to more than 12,090

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This two-day class focuses on Colorado’s top predator, mountain lion (Puma concolor). Experienced mountain lion researchers will lecture on mountain lion ecology, ongoing research, human-mountain lion

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The Life & Times of Moose

Moose naturally occurred in Colorado then naturally vanished from the state long before people brought them back. Thus the moose has a prehistory and a history in this region plus a natural history as

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Much of today’s magnificent scenery in Rocky Mountain National Park is attributable to the erosional effects glaciers. This course will begin at the terminal moraine of an ancient glacier near a Park

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Spend a day in Rocky Mountain National Park with your camera, photographing whatever wild creatures may be encountered. This adventure will allow photographers of all experience levels to become more

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When visiting the mountains, it’s easy to let ourselves get swept up by the stunning views of the high country and overlook the interesting things occurring in the meadows and forests below. Join our

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This class uses built environments—buildings, fences, roads, and so forth—to explore the human and environmental history of the Kawuneeche Valley. We will begin with an indoor introduction to the west

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Rocky Mountain National Park contains breathtaking scenery, ample wildlife viewing, and opportunities to connect with the past as you travel across Trail Ridge Road, the scenic and awe-inspiring

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Don’t put your camera away after the sun sets! There’s a whole different park to photograph when the stars come out. And you don’t need a telescope. This 3-day course will discuss and demonstrate

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Celebrate the National Park Service’s 100-year anniversary by creating a travel sketchbook. Document your travel experiences by learning 100 approaches as you create your sketchbook in this 2-day

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This spectacular loop affords views of the Continental Divide, rushing waterfalls and lush aspen and pine forests as participants wind their way through a subalpine ecosystem on this day-long hike

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In this advanced watercolor 2-day workshop, time will be spent exploring ways to develop individual intuitive skills as painters. Expect to identify, develop and strengthen your unique methods of

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There is much more going on in any forest than meets the eye. A forest is much more than a collection of trees. During this all day class, we will explore and discover the interactions that take place

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Have you ever wondered how a non-hibernating animal like yourself might fare trying to survive in the alpine year-round? Come watch the American pika demonstrate its survival strategy. Pikas and their

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Elk Expeditions

The fall rut is a spectacular display of elk mating behavior featuring bugling, posturing and herding displays. This extraordinary event will be available for viewing from the comfort of a

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The Cow Creek Trail provides a lovely walk through meadows flanked on either side by rock outcroppings and pine forests. Participants will stroll through these meadows, past an historic homestead and

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From Elk to Aspen: An Educational Adventure by Bus

It’s impossible to ignore the magic of fall in the Rockies, as morning sunlight glows through golden aspen leaves and elk bugles echo in the distance. Experience these autumnal wonders from the

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Great wildlife images don’t just “happen.” They are created when the right opportunity presents itself, and the photographer is there and ready! Being there and ready requires a unique combination of

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Seeing wildlife in Rocky Mountain National Park is not at all unusual. However, making great photographs of what you see sometimes presents a challenge and many times results in disappointing images.

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Join researcher Scott Rashid as he traps and bands boreal and northern saw-whet owls in Rocky Mountain National Park. Learn about their habitat requirements, nighttime activity, and general ecology

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Autumn is a truly magical time to be in the high country. This class will focus on two seasonal events that will offer photographers an outstanding opportunity to capture memorable moments digitally —

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