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 retreat near Rocky Mountain National Park. Annie's guest house and cabins overlook the Big Thompson River - fish. An ideal Estes Park hide-a-way for couples: private outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces.
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 WiFi.
LOG CABINS in ESTES PARK; each with a woodburning fireplace, loft, pine interior, full kitchen, cable TV, WiFi. Blackhawk Cabins are 2 miles to Rocky Mountain National Park. Relaxing - Riverside Hot Tub.
Newly renovated in 2017 the Blue Door Inn offers a host of amenities in Estes Park: Hot tub, swimming pool, picnic areas with BBQs, outdoor games. All rooms: A/C, HDTV, Fridge, Microwave, strong WiFi.
Cozy mountain cabins with kitchens are open all year at the west-end of Grand Lake. Columbine is pet friendly! Walk the Western Boardwalk to the Lake. Family picnic areas with BBQ grills. Outdoor hot tub.
AFFORDABLE year-round Estes Park lodging. YMCA Center has meals and activities for your family! Play in our Rockies: horse ride, hike, snow-shoe National Park. Fish, swim, mountain bike, mini & disc golf.
Intimate 1 and 2 bedroom cabins on Fall River. RIVERFRONT cabins and vacation home in Estes Park. The Evergreens is surrounded by Rocky Mountain National Park. Romance Packages. Gift certificates.
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!
2020 Saturdays: July 4th - August 15th in Fraser -- Colorado High Country Stampede RODEO: Barrel Racing, Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronco, Bull Riding, Pole Bending, Team Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling.
Some of Lazy R cabins have personal hot tubs. A radiant mountain stay. 1-, 2-, 3-bedroom vacation cottages (kitchen or kitchenette), fireplace, deck. Near Rocky Mountain National Park; below Estes Park.
WiFi hot-spots. Secluded. Near Estes Park stay in deluxe, beautiful, clean cottages. Machin's is inside Rocky Mountain National Park, fresh mountain air and hiking trails! Scenic views: wildlife out your door.
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.
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.
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.
160 acres near Grand Lake, a Resort Village bordering 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 Lake, Colorado includes: Granby, Ski Granby Ranch
Loveland Area, Colorado includes: Berthoud, Evans, Greeley