The water at the Alluvial Fan in Rocky Mountain National Park is really churning! You can see the force of the water as it goes by.
We usually see the Bighorn Sheep at Horsheshoe Park in Rocky Mountain National Park. But there seems to be a herd of Bighorn Sheep that has been hanging around Endovalley, usually past the picnic area.
I saw this Ram and two Ewes near the Alluvial Fan the other day. I loved this photograph with the mountain and sky as a backdrop. He looks so small.
What do you think?
We were taking a walk at the Alluvial Fan in Rocky Mountain National Park when I heard a woodpecker pecking steadily at a Ponderosa Pine tree nearby. The bark was flying everywhere!
I clicked away, at first thinking it was a Downy Woodpecker. It was pretty far up. But then when I looked at my photographs, I realized it was a 3-Toed Woodpecker. He was moving a mile a minute so my photographs are not very good.
I think you can see the three toes in the second photograph. I did get a little bit of the yellow on his head, but that photograph was very blurry.
This is only the second time I’ve ever seen a 3-Toed Woodpecker. The last time was about 12 years ago. Such a treat!
When the flood hit last year it brought down “football fields” full of rocks and boulders at the Alluvial Fan in Rocky Mountain National Park. It wiped out the walking bridge and re-routed the river.
The NPS has just finished repairing the road and built a new bridge over the river so that cars can now drive into the west parking lot.
One-way Old Fall River Road should open on time, July 4th weekend, next summer.
This photograph is of the old walking bridge on the trail to the Alluvial Fan. It looks like a little waterfall. There is now a short gravely trail from the road part way up through the boulders, but no bridge to get across. This couple hopped across the rocks to get across. But be careful, the river is running pretty fast. You can also get to the other side from the east parking lot.
This is the view from the road in Endovalley, looking across the newly formed river to the picnic area and bathrooms in Rocky Mountain National Park. The road is gone and there is no way to get across. Hopefully in the next year, the road will be accessible again and we can enjoy our wonderful Endovalley and its picnic areas and amazing birds, wildflowers and wildlife.
You can see part of the road on the right of the photograph. Behind that, if you look very closely, you can see a sign that says, “West.” The sign is about 6-8 feet tall and the rest of it is buried in sand from the flood last September. It used to say, “West Alluvial Fan.” Behind that to the right are the restrooms. Straight back in the photograph you can see part of the picnic area behind the parking lot.
So much has changed. It is amazing what Mother Nature can do…there are so many rocks and boulders and so, so much sand everywhere!
I found this black and white photograph of the Alluvial Fan in Rocky Mountain National Park taken before the flood last September.
I know it has changed drastically. I’ll have to go back and take another one and compare the two.
We just heard that Old Fall River Road will not open at all in 2014 because of all the damage from the flood.
We were surprised when we drove in to Rocky Mountain National Park Thursday to see that the road to Endovalley was open. We drove down to the first parking lot, where the road is now closed, and parked. We could hike a little way down the road and see what had happened to the Alluvial Fan during the flood last month. It was just unbelievable!
The first photograph shows the road that ends pretty quickly where the new river is. You can see that the new bridge that was built last summer is now full of rocks and boulders. There is no longer water nearby it, where last summer the river flowed underneath it.
The second photograph shows the path of the old river. It is all rocks and no water anywhere nearby. Just amazing…
The last photograph shows the new path of the river. You can see how many rocks and boulders were brought down by the powerful flood waters. The man in the photograph looks tiny in perspective to the vast fields of rocks and boulders. it looks like 2-3 football fields of just rocks. Unbelievable!