Latest Mountains News

Colorado's Mount Evans Highway to remain closed for summer

Jun. 4, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Officials say Mount Evans Highway in Colorado will remain closed to vehicles for the summer as a result of health and safety concerns and economic difficulties related to the coronavirus. KCNC-TV reports that the Colorado Department of Transportation, the U.S. Forest Service and Denver...

Rocky Mountain National Park's Trail Ridge Road set to open

Jun. 3, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) — Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is set to open Thursday. Park officials say visitors should be prepared for icy conditions and any temporary closures required due to weather conditions. The scenic road is the highest continuous paved highway in...

A field of hay is cut during a harvest in Durham, N.H., Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Sununu defends support of protests during pandemic

Jun. 3, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu defended his support Wednesday of the peaceful protests being held around New Hampshire, which remains under a stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus pandemic. Though gatherings of 10 or more people remain banned, thousands of people have attended...

2 protected grizzly bears killed by hunters in Montana

Jun. 3, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has launched an investigation into the death of two grizzly bears believed to be killed by black bear hunters along Rocky Mountain Front lask week. Grizzly bears are a federally protected species. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks confirmed Tuesday...

Driving road tests resume, but not tourist trains in NH

Jun. 1, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Merrimack Valley High School students will get to drive across the finish line at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during a special graduation ceremony later this month, and the state has resumed road tests for new drivers. But tourists hoping to explore the state by train are still out of...

More than 16,000 acres around Gulf of Maine to be protected

Jun. 1, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An outdoor group will use $1 million in federal funds to conserve more than 16,000 acres around the Gulf of Maine. Appalachian Mountain Club will receive the money from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, officials said. The conservation...

Maryland bike shops shift into higher gear during pandemic

May. 31, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Memorial Day was no holiday for Joe Traill. The owner of Joe’s Bike Shop in Mount Washington and his staff of six employees experienced a deluge of customers, bike orders and repairs on May 25. “We have shortened hours, and it seemed like it only compressed a day’s...

In this May 25, 2020 photo, an American Airlines jet is seen parked on the tarmac at Colorado's Eagle County Airport in Gypsum, Colo., before departing on a 29-mile flight to Aspen, the shortest commercial jet flight in the country. The U.S. Department of Transportation is allowing American to cancel the route, which it was forced to fly to meet federal rules in a $58 billion coronavirus stimulus package for airlines (Jason Blevins/The Colorado Sun via AP).

Virus created the country's shortest commercial jet flight

May. 30, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

GYPSUM, Colo. (AP) — The rental cars are stacked bumper-to-bumper. Hundreds of them wedged into two parking lots. The rest of the airport lots are deserted. Fewer than two dozen cars are scattered across the sprawling asphalt outside the Eagle County Regional Airport. Inside the recently expanded terminal,...

Man mauled by grizzly bear in critical, stable condition

May. 29, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A grizzly bear has mauled a mountain biker on a trail near the Spanish Peaks Mountain Club in southern Montana, causing severe injuries to his face and neck. Peter Scherfig was biking alone on his 61st birthday Monday when he was attacked, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported. He was...

Smokies nonprofit to hold virtual firefly event on YouTube

May. 27, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The annual lottery to see the synchronous fireflies of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park may be canceled this year due to the coronavirus, but a Smokies-based nonprofit will be offering a virtual firefly event. Discover Life in America is collaborating with firefly...