Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend from Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Happy Thanksgiving from Colorado, the home of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law as well as the Rocky Mountain National Park, which is located about 110 kilometers (about 75 miles) northwest of Denver.

Despite the cooler temperatures in Colorado in November, there are many excellent days to go for a hike. And that's exactly what I did Thanksgiving morning.

The park had few visitors, and it felt as if I had the entire place to myself. On the other hand, that's not taking account of the deer, elk, and various other animals who make the park their permanent home year around.

At the lower elevations (e.g., 7,000 feet or 2,300 meters), many of the hiking trails were snowless and dry. The higher up one goes, the more likely there will be snow and wetter conditions. But for the most part, the lower areas in the park are hikable nearly all year.

If you have never been to Colorado, come and see the park and drop by the Sturm College of Law. We are always available to "brag" about the great state of Colorado!

Don Smith
Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program