NPS Ranger Jeff Christensen Memorial - Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Posted by: Big B Bob
N 40° 21.990 W 105° 33.642
13T E 452395 N 4468587
Quick Description: A memorial to a Rocky Mountain National Park Ranger who died while on duty.
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 11/1/2009 12:16:33 PM
Waymark Code: WM7JMA
In front of the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center sits a memorial plaque and bronze campaign hat honoring NPS Ranger Jeff Christensen, who was killed in a fall on July 29, 2005 while patrolling in the Mummy Range.
Ranger Jeff Christensen died after he fell from a rugged mountain trail in the Rocky Mountain National Park's Mummy Range, near Estes Park, Colorado. He was conducting a backcountry patrol to the Lawn Lake Trailhead when the accident occurred. A search for him was started after he failed to radio dispatch that evening and when he did not arrive for his shift the following morning.
The search involved over 200 people and lasted for over one week, until Ranger Christensen's body was found by a hiker on August 6, 2005.
Ranger Christensen had served as a seasonal park ranger for 4 years.
From Kyle Patterson
Public Information Officer/Management Specialist
Rocky Mountain National Park:
A small private dedication ceremony for the wayside exhibit and memorial was held for Jeff Christensen's family as well as his NPS family on July 31, 2006 at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. The memorial was funded by Rocky Mountain National Park.
Rocky Mountain National Park created a wayside exhibit entitled “To Be A Ranger,.“ which is near the memorial. The exhibit honors the men and women who dedicate their lives to serving others and protecting our National Parks. The exhibit specifically honored Ranger Jeff Christensen, who gave his life to this service.
Website pertaining to the memorial: [Web Link]
List if there are any visiting hours:
Entrance fees (if it applies):
None. Memorial is just outside of the gate, but still on Park property.
Type of memorial: Plaque
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