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Rocky Mountain National Park Travel Guide

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Plan Your Rocky Mountain National Park Vacation

Anyone who delights in alpine lakes, dense forests, and abundant wildlife—not to mention dizzying heights—should consider Rocky Mountain National Park. Here, a single hour's drive leads from a 7,800-foot elevation at park headquarters to the 12,183-foot apex of the twisting and turning Trail Ridge Road. More than 355 miles of hiking trails take you to the park's many treasures:

meadows flush with wildflowers, cool dense forests of lodgepole pine and Engelmann spruce, and the noticeable presence of wildlife, including elk and bighorn sheep.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Awesome ascents Seasoned climbers can trek to the summit of 14,259-foot Longs Peak or attack the rounded granite domes of Lumpy Ridge. Novices can summit Twin Sisters Peaks or Mount Ida, both reaching more than 11,000 feet.
  2. Continental Divide Straddle this great divide, which cuts through the western part of the park, separating water's flow to either the Pacific or Atlantic Ocean.
  3. Gorgeous scenery Peer out over more than 100 lakes, gaze up at majestic mountain peaks, and soak in the splendor of lush wetlands, pine-scented woods, forests of spruce and fir, and alpine tundra in the park’s four distinct ecosystems.
  4. More than 355 miles of trails Hike on dozens of marked trails, from easy lakeside strolls to strenuous mountain climbs.
  5. Wildlife viewing Spot elk and bighorn sheep, along with moose, otters, and more than 280 species of birds.

When To Go

When to Go

More than 80 percent of the park's annual 3 million visitors come in summer and fall. For thinner high-season crowds, come in early June or Septemb...

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