On Tuesday (Feb. 9), park rangers were notified that a 21-year-old female from Texas had suffered serious injuries near Emerald Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.

According to an official press release from the National Park Service, the woman slid down a snow-covered slope about 70 to 100 feet into a talus slope on the south side of Emerald Lake.

Courtesy Rocky Mountain National PaRK
Courtesy Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue Team members performed advanced medical care upon finding the victim.

They used a Rescue Toboggan to take the patient from Emerald Lake to the Bear Lake Trailhead where she was transported by ambulance to Estes Park Health and then taken to a nearby trauma center.

Courtesy Rocky Mountain National Park
Courtesy Rocky Mountain National Park

Some parts of Rocky Mountain National Park are under temporary closure to protect nesting raptors: Loch Vale area, Checkerboard Rock, Lightning Rock, Batman Rock, Batman Pinnacle, Sundance, Thunder Buttress, The Parish, The Book, and Twin Owls, and Rock One.

Last summer, Rocky Mountain National Park instituted a time reservation system to protect visitors from the pandemic. That system ended in October and park officials recently said they plan to stay away from that in the 2021 summer.

Rocky Mountain National Park did see a downtick in annual visitors in 2020 but typically averages more than 4 million each year.

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