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I was trying to get a photograph of the Alluvial Fan in Rocky Mountain National Park so that you could see the destruction and displacement of all of the boulders that came down the mountain when the Fern Lake Dam broke in 1982. The waters brought thousands of huge boulders down to form the Alluvial Fan and then went on to flood the town of Estes Park.

If you have never been there, it is worth the short hike up. Make sure you read the story on the plaque at the end. It is very interesting. It tells how the flood waters came down the mountain from Fern Lake and went through the campground in RMNP and then into the town of Estes Park.

I thought this was a pretty good capture of the havoc that the waters wreaked on its way. Have you ever been there? It looks so small from this photograph taken last fall, but when you get up close, the boulders are many and huge!






2 Responses to “The Alluvial Fan From Trail Ridge Road In RMNP”

  1. Kathleen says:

    Yes, we have. It is inspiring to see. We were impressed with nature’s ‘renewal’ (trees and plants spurting and thriving each successive year).

  2. Becky says:

    I have watched this from the time of the break of the dam.
    It is a favorite of our family to visit each summer, and it
    is amazing to see the trees come up through the boulders.

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