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Rocky Mountain National Park

 

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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.

Grand Lake at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Grand Lake Near Rocky Mountain National Park
Junior Ranger Program, Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park, Grand Lake, Colorado
Kids participating in the Junior Ranger Program
 

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.

Mountain Flowers at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
A Field of Flowers in Rocky Mountain National Park
Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Rocky Mountain National Park Has Many Hiking Trails
 

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 Scenic Byway 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.

Bench at Grand Lake, Colorado
Grand Lake is at the West Entrance to Trail Ridge Road
Sunset at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
A Breathtaking Sunset at Rocky Mountain National Park
 

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.

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Places to Stay & Fun Things to Do

Allenspark Lodge - Classic Mountain B&B Email link icon Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Hearty mountain breakfasts at an Authentic 1930s log lodge in Allenspark, CO. 12 rooms for romance, scrap-booking or a getaway. Near Estes Park: shop and dine. Unwind: hike, site-see, winter snowshoe.
Annie's Mountain Retreat and Guest House Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Romantic retreat near Rocky Mountain National Park an ideal Estes Park hide-a-way for couples: private outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces. Annie's guest house and cabins overlook the Big Thompson River -- fish.
Aspen Winds on Fall River - Vacation Suites Reservation link icon Photos on page icon
Near Rocky Mountain National Park along Fall River in Estes Park. Aspen Winds has Romance and Snowshoe Packages. Vacation Suites and Spa-Suites with private balcony or deck, fireplace and WiFi.
Blackhawk Cabins - Real Log Cabins In Estes Park Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Blackhawk Cabins are 2 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park. Fish Fall River. Relaxing - Riverside Hot Tub. LOG CABINS in Estes Park: Woodburning fireplace, good WiFi, kitchen, loft with pine interior.
Columbine Cabins - Pet Friendly Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Columbine is pet friendly! Cozy mountain cabins with kitchens and Queen beds. Year round FUN at the west-end of Grand Lake. Walk to Western Boardwalk or Lake. Family picnics. BBQ grills. Outdoor hot tub.
Competition RV - RV Service and Repair Web page link icon Photos on page icon
YOU OWN IT - WE SERVICE YOUR VACATION HOME: Pop-ups to big rigs, we get the job done right. Yes to all insurance companies. IN DENVER. We have 60+ years of experience. Werm flooring installation.
DM RV Repair Mobile Service Web page link icon
Serving Loveland, Estes Park, Fort Colllins, Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming since 1999! DM RV REPAIR MOBILE SERVICE is MOBILE ONLY: warranty work, pre-buy inspection, RV101-How it works.
Evergreens On Fall River: Cabins and A Vacation Home Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Intimate 1 and 2 bedroom cabins on Fall River. RIVERFRONT cabins and vacation home in Estes Park. Rocky Mountain National Park surrounds The Evergreens. Romance Package: roses, spa, chocolates.
Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Visit Grand Lake, Colorado, a charming mountain village at to entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Popular mountain vacation getaway. The Soul of the Rockies: sunny days, fine dining, shops, and LAKE!
High Country Stampede Rodeo Web page link icon Photos on page icon
2022 Saturdays: July 2nd-August 13th in Fraser: Colorado High Country Stampede -- Voted Best New CPRA Rodeo in 2021! Roping, Breakway, Bull, Barrel and Bareback Riding, Saddle Broncs, Pole Bending, Steer Wrestling.
Lazy R Cottages Near Rocky Mountain National Park Photos on page icon Special offers and discounts link icon
Some units at Lazy R Cottages have personal hot tubs. All near Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy our 1-,2-, and 3-bedroom vacation cabins, many with kitchens (or kitchenettes), fireplaces, hot tubs & decks.
Lupine Village at Grand Lake Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Cabins: living area, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen. In the heart of Grand Lake at the western gateway to RMNP. Lupine Village is blocks from the shore, steps from the boardwalk, snowshoe out your door.
Machin's Cottages in the Pines Inside Rocky Mountain National Park Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Scenic views: wildlife out your door. Secluded. Near Estes Park, stay in deluxe, beautiful, clean cottages. Machin's is inside Rocky Mountain National Park, fresh mountain air and hiking trails! WiFi hot-spots.
Middle Fork Cabins, Raymond Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Cozy cabins nestled on the St. Vrain River in Raymond -- population 60. Middle Fork borders Rocky Mountain National Park and Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. 30 minutes to: Estes Park, Lyons, Boulder.
Misty Mountain Lodge - Vacation Cabin Retreat Web page link icon Photos on page icon Location map of property icon
Estes Park is RIGHT HERE --A Family Vacation. Our Lodge Guests say: It's so beautiful here -- a cabin retreat surrounded by trees, the river, spectacular misty mountain backdrop, it feels like you're in nature.
National Park Gateway Stables and Cowpoke Corner Corral Web page link icon
Pony rides for the Li'l Cowpokes! 45 YEARS; 2 CORRAL STABLES in Estes Park we know this corner of Colorado! Gateway into Rocky Mountain National Park: horse trail rides, leisurely-pace, safe, scenic.
Red Mountain RV Park Web page link icon
Full service RV Park in Kremmling. The Red Mountains has 100+ miles of ATV trails, start here. Fish the Colorado River! WiFi. 40 miles to Summit County and Rocky Mountain National Park. OPEN ALL YEAR!
Rocky Mountain Resorts -- Seven Beautiful Locations in Estes Park Photos on page icon Special offers and discounts link icon
Budget cottages to luxury homes and everything in between. Many units have kitchens, fireplaces and personal hot tubs. Some are dog-friendly. Let Rocky Mountain Resorts meet your needs and dreams.
Winding River Resort Village: A Family Destination Email link icon Reservation link icon Photos on page icon Location map of property icon
160 acres near Grand Lake, the Resort Village borders Rocky Mountain National Park along a winding river. A family reunion destination: Cabins, campsites, lodge room. Vacation with your horse! Free WiFi.

More Activities & Information

Allenspark, Colorado includes: Meeker Park, Raymond

Estes Park, Colorado includes: Drake

Grand County, Colorado

Grand Lake, Colorado includes: Granby, Ski Granby Ranch

Loveland Area, Colorado includes: Berthoud, Evans, Greeley

Lyons, Colorado


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