Joint COSMICTenth Data Users' Workshop and IROWG-6 Meeting RMNP Excursion

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July 1 Abstract Submission Deadline
July 31 Abstracts Accepted
Aug 28 Stanley Room Block Closed
Sept 10 Registration Closes at 12:00pm (MST)


Joint COSMIC Tenth Data Users' Workshop
and IROWG-6 Meeting
Rocky Mountain National Park Excursion
September 21 - 27, 2017
21 Sep 2017 to 27 Sep 2017
The Stanley Hotel
Estes Park, Colorado USA

Rocky Mountain National Park's Moraine Park

Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) is one of the most visited national parks in the USA. With majestic peaks in every direction and wildlife roaming the valleys it is no wonder more than three million people visit to the park each year. Rocky Mountain National Park’s 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments.

Within the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park, more than 100 peaks rise above 11,000 feet (3352 meters) in altitude, including Longs Peak at 14,259 feet (4346 meters). These amazing mountains cradle the Estes Valley, providing residents and guests with incredible beauty and inspiration. Many of the taller peaks make up the Continental Divide, where snowmelt runs either west to the Pacific Ocean or east to the Atlantic. The park's vistas are accessible by horseback, on foot, or by car - the most notable vehicle route being Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuously paved highway in North America.

Enjoy the wildlife from everyday sightings of chipmunks and mule deer to the moving experience of viewing elk in rut (the mating season). The animals in the park let you know that you are part of a wild experience.


Visit the official RMNP website

Helpful information concerning high altitudes

RMNP Excursion

Our half day excursion is planned for Saturday, September 23, 2017 from Estes Park into Rocky Mountain National Park for a breathtaking 5 hour excursion.  Two passenger coaches will transport participants into beautiful RMNP.    The passenger coaches depart from The Stanley Hotel at 1:00pm returning around 6:00pm. This excursion is included in your registration fee.  Please indicate on the registration page which passenger coach you prefer.

The coach choices are as follows:

  • Excursion #1 - A coach tour from Estes Park up Trail Ridge Road in RMNP to the Alpine Visitor Center where participants can enjoy the mountain views, stroll around the center, talk with park rangers, indulge in the gift shop, or purchase a snack at the Trail Ridge Store & Café.
  • Excursion #2 - This coach drives to Bear Lake in RMNP where participants can hike to one or all three lakes or enjoy the views walking around the Bear Lake Nature Trail if you prefer something less strenuous.

Register soon - Space is limited!

Trail Ridge Road collage


Trail Ridge Road drive to Alpine Visitor Center

Eleven miles of this high highway travel above tree line, the elevation near 11,500 feet (3505 meters) where the park's evergreen forests come to a halt. As it winds across the tundra's vastness to its high point at 12,183 feet (3713 meters) elevation, Trail Ridge Road offers you thrilling views, wildlife sightings and spectacular alpine wildflower exhibitions, all from the comfort of your coach.


Bear Lake and Hiking Trails

Bear Lake is a scenic trailhead and destination in Rocky Mountain National Park. Sitting at an elevation of 9,450 feet (2,880 m), the alpine lake rests beneath the sheer flanks of Hallett Peak and the Continental Divide. Several trails, from easy strolls to strenuous hikes, start from the lake. The lake was formed during the ice age by a glacier.  Hike the Bear Lake Loop  or if you prefer take the 3 lake hike starting with Nymph Lake just .5 miles from the Bear Lake.  Relax and enjoy time at this lake or continue up to the next lake. Second lake is Dream Lake, and the third lake is Emerald Lake.

Three photos of Rocky Mountain National Park Lakes

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