Editor's Note: This story was originally published in January 2014. You’ve probably been to Rocky Mountain National Park during the autumn elk rut, lining the road with hundreds of others to snap a photo of the elk herd. You’ve probably been there to see the fall colors, driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic, or during Fourth of July weekend when you had better hope you made a camping reservation months in advance. But have you visited Rocky Mountain National Park in the dead of winter?
Rocky Mountain National Park's Trail Ridge Road may not open for the Memorial Day weekend, as snowplow operations have been hampered by new snowfall the past few days. Park snowplow operators will continue to plow the road, and the road will open as soon as it is safe to do so. Due to the extended forecast for winter conditions at higher elevations, it is too soon to predict when the that will be, park officials say. Typically, the high-elevation road opens on Memorial Day weekend.
Walking back toward my car at Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area, I stopped in my tracks. A lone, foot-tall plant with dozens of vibrant blue petals popped out of the green grass. The blue was electric. Such a contrast to the hillside of green grasses and cactus. I'd run many times at Cathy Fromme — home to several wildflowers in the yellow, white and purple variety — but had never come across a blue flower.
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Selecting a term
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