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   Rocky Mountain Field Seminars      


      Hike with a Naturalist: Ute Trail

   September 5, 2014

   Course Level: IV           Course #: S5007

   Fee: $50

   Instructor:  Jeff Maugans


Location:      This hike will meet at the end of the Upper Beaver Meadows road located inside Rocky Mountain National Park.  Travel through the Beaver Meadows Entrance station and drive approximately ½ mile.  Turn left on the first dirt/gravel road which is Upper Beaver Meadows Road.  Drive to the end and park.


Time:               8:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Course Description:   Participants will get to experience each life-zone within Rocky Mountain National Park as they hike down from the Tundra, along the historic Ute Trail, through pine forests into lush Montane Meadows.  The focus of this hike will be on the cultural and natural history of the area including information on the Ute peoples who once called RMNP their home.  Each life-zone will bring new information and chances to view the plants and animals which inhabit these areas.  This is a must-take hike filled with diversity and wonder!


Course Level:  IV     

Moderate hike of more than five miles per day with more than 1,000 ft. of elevation gain  

One-way mileage:  6.5 miles

Elevation decrease: 3,025 ft.  (This hike is DOWNHILL the entire way.)

Maximum elevation reached: 11,656 ft.


Brief Instructor Biography (additional information available at www.rmna.org): 

Jeff worked as a park naturalist for the National Park Service from 1977 to 2009. His special area of interest is birds. He is a Pennsylvania native and has a degree in outdoor education and natural science from Pennsylvania State University. Jeff has worked at Mammoth Cave National Park, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Edison National Historic Site, Gateway National Park, Redwood National Park and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. He came to Rocky Mountain National Park in 1990.


Expectations:  Professional conduct will be expected from participants at all times.  Individual ideas will be respected.  Except during course breaks, cellular phones, pagers, and personal entertainment devices are strictly prohibited in the classroom and during field sessions.


Tentative Course Schedule:

 8:00 AM          Meet at Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead/RMNA shuttle to the beginning of the Ute Trail on top of Trail Ridge Road.

 9:00 AM          Begin Hike.

12:30 PM          Lunch

  4:30 PM          Arrive back at Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead.


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