Colorado National Parks
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park is one of Colorado's most well known parks. Established on January 26, 1915, the park attracts over 3 million visitors each year. Covering 265,828 acres, the park's elevation reaches up to 14,259 feet at the football field size summit of Long's Peak. Estes Park and Grand Lake are located on opposite sides of the park.
A unique aspect of Rocky Mountain National Park is its wilderness areas. In 1964, the Congress of the United States passed a law known as the Wilderness Act, intended to provide an "enduring resource of wilderness" for future generations. Rocky Mountain National Park has 2,917 acres that are designated as wilderness areas. However, an additional 248,464 acres were recommended as wilderness in 1974 and have been treated as such.
Rocky Mountain National Park offers many hiking trails. The 359 miles of trails always offers new ground to explore. Most of the trails are in the 248,464 acres of area recommended as Wilderness Area. Ranger activities include guided hiking in the summer, as well as snowshoeing and cross-country ski tours in the winter. Visit the National Park Service website to see suggested hikes at various levels. Mountaineering, climbing, backcountry camping, and biking are also popular activities in the park.
Trail Ridge Road
Trail Ridge Road is another unique aspect of RMNP. This road is the highest continuous paved road in the world, climbing past the tree line and traveling past Colorado tundra. The road travels 48 miles from Estes Park to Grand Lake, and is generally open from late May through mid-October. The road reaches up to 12,183 feet at its highest elevation. With 60 peaks over 12,000 feet in the park, following this road can bring you to eye level with some of the highest peaks in Colorado
Another popular activity in the area is wildlife viewing. Inhabiting the park are nearly 60 species of mammals, more than 280 recorded bird species, 6 amphibians, including the federally endangered boreal toad, and 11 species of fish. The most well known inhabitants of the park are the elk. During autumn, the bull elk (male) produce vocalizations including piercing bugling, mewing, squealing and barking to attract cow elk (female). Elk generally gather where the meadows and tree lines meet.
The free shuttle bus is a good way to travel around the park. The bus runs between trailheads and is based at the Park and Ride across from the Glacier Basin Campground. The bus runs daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and runs on weekends until the second Monday in October.
Places to Stay & Fun Things to Do
Romantic Hide-A-Way near Rocky Mountain National Park. An ideal Estes Park retreat for couples with private hot tubs. Annie's mountain cabins are fully furnished and overlook the Big Thompson River.
Near Rocky Mountain National Park along Fall River in Estes Park. Aspen Winds has Special Occasion and Snowshoe Packages. Vacation Suites with private balcony or deck, jetted-tub, fireplaces. Free WI-FI.
Lodging adjoins Boulder Mountain Parks, at foot of Boulder's Flatirons, hiking trails. 5 EPA Energy Star certified cottages! Colorado Chautauqua a living Historic District: 1898 Dining Hall, Ice Cream Store.
Cozy mountain cabins with kitchens are open all year at the west-end of Grand Lake. Columbine is pet friendly! Outdoor Hot tub. Family picnic areas with BBQ grills. Walk the Western Boardwalk to the Lake.
Affordable year-round Estes Park lodging. YMCA Center offers meals and activities for your family! Play in our Rockies: horseback ride, hike into National Park, fish, swim, mini-golf, disc golf, snow-shoe, and ski.
3 Estes Park getaways: ANTLERS POINTE, BUGLE POINTE & CREEKSIDE. Spacious condos in a pine grove, along a secluded stretch of Fall River -- fishing. We have PACKAGES Winter Getaway & Romance.
To Dream is to Heal; Relax, De-Stress in Estes Park CO. A Traditional Bed and Breakfast Inn on 5 acres with modern amenities. Every Golden Leaf room has beautiful views of Rocky Mountain National Park.
A charming village, an endless range of mountains, and Colorado's largest natural lake. Grand Lake is a mountain retreat popular for its sunny days, low-key tempo, family-owned shops and fine restaurants.
Saturdays: July 2nd - August 13th in Fraser Colorado's High Country. Stampede RODEO: Barrel Racing, Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronco, Bull Riding, Pole Bending, Team and Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling.
Secluded location near Estes Park stay in deluxe, immaculately clean cottages surrounded by scenic views, pines, wildlife. Machin's is inside Rocky Mountain National Park, clean mountain air and hiking!
Richly-appointed modern condos with spectacular mountain views near Estes Park. Stroll to Marys Lake fishing. Resort Amenities: Lodge Restaurant, seasonal outdoor heated pool and hot tub. Weddings.
Cozy cabins nestled near the secluded town of Raymond, population 60. Middle Fork borders Rocky Mountain National Park, Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, and 30 minutes to Estes Park, Boulder, Lyons.
A Family Vacation -- Estes Park is RIGHT HERE. Our Lodge Guests: It's so beautiful here -- a cabin retreat surrounded by trees, the river, spectacular misty mountain backdrop, it feels like you're in nature.
160 acres near Grand Lake, our Resort Village borders Rocky Mountain National Park and Arapaho National Forest along a winding river. Cabins, camp sites, lodge room. WI-FI! Vacation with your horse.
More Activities & Information
Allenspark, Colorado includes: Meeker Park, Raymond
Estes Park, Colorado includes: Drake
Grand Lake, Colorado includes: Granby, Ski Granby Ranch
Loveland Area, Colorado includes: Berthoud, Evans, Greeley