RMNP Officials Warn Visitors About Large Rockfall Incident On Hallett Peak
Rocky Mountain National Park officials are warning the public to stay clear of a certain area of the park following a significant rockfall event that took place earlier this week.
According to a June 29 announcement via the national park's social media accounts, at approximately 4:30 pm local time on Tuesday, June 28 a large rockfall event occurred in Rocky Mountain National Park on the south side of Hallett Peak, resulting in sliding rock falling into Upper Chaos Canyon.
You can watch video footage captured from Tuesday's rockfall event below via the Denver Gazette:
“It appears that several outcrops on the south shoulder of Hallett Peak came down,” park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said in a news release, according to the Loveland Reporter-Herald.
Patterson said people were in the area at the time of the rock slide, but there are no known injuries.
As a result, Rocky Mountain National Park officials have asked visitors to put a halt on any kind of travel in Upper Chaos Canyon or on the south slopes of Hallett Peak and to avoid traveling in the area of the rockslide.
The park says it will take some time for the affected slope to stabilize; in addition, there was a "significant possibility" that another rockfall might happen at any time.
In wake of this event, visitors were reminded by Patterson and park officials to always practice due diligence, especially in rocky terrain, as those areas can be unstable.
The 12,720-foot Hallett Peak towers to the west of the Bear Lake area of Rocky Mountain National Park.
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