Rocky Mountain National Park
With numerous ways to experience the natural landscape of Rocky Mountain National Park, tours and guides are available to assist with maximizing your time there. Photo enthusiasts can try a photography tour or photo safari, while group bus tours provide an overview of the area. Elk watching and other nature tours are available in summer.
For active travelers, there are more than 350 miles (563 kilometers) of hiking trails, cycling trails, and lakeside walks to enjoy. Guided adventures are available for all outdoor activities, and often include equipment rental and transportation.
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Things to Know Before You Go
Even summer’s mild temperatures drop in the evenings, so sweaters are worn year-round.
Wheelchair-accessible areas can be found throughout the park.
Inside the park there are two visitor centers: Fall River and Alpine.
Outside the park, visitor centers are located at Beaver Meadows, Kawuneeche, and Lily Lake.
How to Get There
Rocky Mountain National Park is about 70 miles north of Denver. Trail Ridge Road runs through the park (open May to October), and free shuttles run to trailheads and to downtown Estes Park. Grand Lake is the town closest to the park entrance and most easily accessed by car.
When to Get There
Alpine wildflowers fill the valleys in spring, and cross-country skiers hit the slopes here in winter. Summer is the most popular time to visit—and thus the most crowded—but all seasons offer outdoor activities and access to unbridled nature.
Must-See Spots in Rocky Mountain National Park
With so much to see and do in Rocky Mountain National Park, it can be tricky to know where to begin. Hikers won't want to miss the Bear Lake Trailhead, Fern Lake Trail, and easy walks to Calypso Cascades and Gem Lake. Meanwhile, bikers should head to the Trail Ridge Road. For a scenic driving experience, make your way along the Old Fall River Road.
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