Alluvial Fan in Rocky Mountain National Park

I got to visit Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park this weekend, which gave me a chance to see some of the flood damage from this fall.  Nothing was quite as impressive as the amount of material deposited at the base of the Alluvial Fan in RMNP.  The river used to run down the mountain and under the bridge.  The bridge survived, but as you can see, it no longer crosses the river.  The river used to flow about 15 feet under this bridge.  Now there is rock and sand above the level of the bridge...


Instead the river has redirected a bit farther west and took out the road.  The amount of material that was brought down was impressive.  These signs both used to be normal height...



And this sign was taken out by the flow of water, sand, and rocks.


Just about everything in this picture was not here previously.  All these rocks and sand was brought down during the flood.




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