Many Parks Curve on Trail Ridge Road at Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo Credit: Sparty1711 (iStock).

Many Parks Curve on Trail Ridge Road at Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo Credit: Sparty1711 (iStock).

On March 31, a visitor died at Rocky Mountain National Park after taking a fall. The identity of the deceased party has now been released.

The Larimer County Coroner's Office has identified the deceased party as 33-year-old Derick Martinez of Denver. Manner and cause of death are still pending further investigation.

Martinez died after taking a 50-foot fall from a rock outcropping near the 'Many Parks Curve' section of the road. The rock outcropping where the fall occurred is between the upper and lower parking areas at this overlook.

Earlier this year, Rocky Mountain National Park was ranked as the 8th deadliest park in the country, with 49 deaths occurring in the park between 2010 and 2020, 18 of which were falls.

The Many Parks Curve is a scenic vista along Trail Ridge Road that features views of Moraine Park, Horseshoe Park, and Upper Beaver Meadows with a backdrop of the iconic Longs Peak. It's known as one of the most scenic places in the park and very popular among visitors.

The entire Trail Ridge Road stretches for 48 miles through the park, reaching 12,095-feet of elevation at its highest point. It is flanked by a number of pull-offs that provide views of Rocky Mountain National Park's alpine tundra terrain.

Condolences go out to those impacted by this death.

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Spencer McKee is OutThere Colorado's Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to hike, rock climb, and trail run.


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