We went to Colorado for the first time in Early October of 2015 and oh my god we fell in love! We are from south east Texas and never have traveled out of Texas besides Lousiana lol Our first trip we brought our dog and we werent able to hike any trails because there are no dogs allowed.. didnt think that through.. We planned for our next vacation the following year and decided we couldnt miss the chance to hike the trails so we got a friend to watch our dog and then we fell even more in love with Colorado... The Rocky Mountain National Park is AMAZING! This time we camped and we got to experience snow and Trail Ridge Road which is absolutely stunning! And we are planning to go back this summer to get even better photos or Trail Ridge Road. I would advise every person i ever meet to take a trip here!
This is very pretty drive into the mountains. You do have to be a bit careful since the roads are not that big and when they get snow the snow plows are out and it makes you feel like you will be pushed off the road. It is so amazing when the plows do plow the road and the snow on the sides of the road make a big tall wall of snow. The Rocky Mountains are the first place I go when I get to Colorado. There are a lot of lakes you can take pictures of especially when the sun reflects in the water and you can see the mountains. You can see all types of wildlife like elk,beavers,bears, cougars and bunnies and much more You will have so much to look at when you go here; just make sure your camera is charged and have backup batteries ready to take GORGEOUS pictures and everlasting memories.
The most delightful trip that anyone can wish for a fall/winter season. Its been awesome, so many trails for everyone and no matter how good you are in climbing or hiking even during snowy season, just remember to have the appropriate season closet and shoes with you. The view sighting is wonderful, they are summits that you can take or lakes, waterfall and you can hike in a trail and watch wildlife around. The park entrance fee is $20 for a day pas and you can enter as many times you want to park and then come back in the day, park is operating 24 hours 7 days a week and there are plenty areas for camping and eating and if you are going during a winter just check for trails or areas that you wish to see to make sure they are open. The week pass is $30. enjoy.
After visiting many national parks such as Yosemite and Yellowstone I honestly did not expect that I was going to be so in awe by this park. I believe that the curvy road up the mountains is hands down one of the most scenic roads in all of America. There is something special about the sheer size of these mountains! Also something very special about this park is that is contains the beginning of the legendary Colorado river! It is absolutely a magical experience hiking to the roots of this river as it is one of the most important and longest rivers in the world. Seeing its humble beginnings from mere water springs makes you realize how intricate and wonderful is the means through which a river like the Colorado is formed. Hands down, I love this park!
Always worth visiting this National Park. So blessed to live near by. Elk tend to be high in the park during warmer months. We typically see more moose on the west side of the park, near Bowen-Baker, but they can be anywhere. RMNP is of course a popular spot during summer so be prepared for some traffic on your way in. If you plan to hike, leave your flip-flops in the car and wear decent shoes and socks. Bring water and rain gear. It can be hot in the summer and suddenly turn cold and wet. Lightening, hypothermia and falls are 3 things that will ruin your day. There are other hazards too. A short visit with a ranger at the visitor center before you hike is time well spent. Have fun and be safe!
Another great national park int he western USA. While I applaud the efforts of NPS and their ability to inspire people to get out to the parks, the sheer crowding is sure to put off true nature enthusiasts. We arrived for one of the more challenging day hikes in the park on a Tuesday morning and could not even find parking in the park and ride shuttle lot and were told by rangers that the main gate was closing to car entry by 9:30am. Although the hike we did was beautiful and very well maintained, any number of hikes in the national forest and Indian Peaks Wilderness just south of the park will rival the scenery while providing peaceful solitude and a more personal experience.
Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is worth a visit. There are mountains (duh), mountain lakes, wildlife, and forests. You can easily tour the park in a car by driving on Old Fall River Road or Trail Ridge Road. There are tons of elk, deer and sheep and a small population of moose. The park is open 24/7 all year round weather permitting. Roads that lead to the park may be closed in the winter when there is too much snow. I highly suggest you get an annual national park pass for $80 that will get you into all the parks. Otherwise, the entrance fee for Canyonlands is $20 for a car or a motorcycle, and $10 for hiking or bicycle.
Absolutely awe inspiring. There are so many things that Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) have to offer. I particularly liked the hike up to Emerald Lake. The hike itself is not easy but not too difficult and there are plenty of scenic spots to rest along the way. The isolated mountain lakes are very scenic. If you like photography, definitely take the camera! Start at Bear Lake trail head and enjoy! There are some mischievous little critters at the lake so make sure you have a bag to store your valuables. This little guys like begging for food and while it is cute, I highly advise not giving in.
Alright, rmnp gets the 5 stars from me because I love this place. Be aware however, that if you would like to have a pleasant experience in the park, be prepared to show up early and hike a long way. Parking spaces fill up quick here. Rmnp is busy no matter what day of the week it is in the summer. I dislike being salty like this, but the problem of being around crying and screaming children will not go away unless you march a mile or two from the nearest pavement. But, once you do, the wilderness here is pristine, and truly hosts some of the most perfect views, finds, and experiences on the planet.
I definitely didn’t get as much time in the Rockies as I would have liked - but I was there just long enough to fall in love. We trekked some of the Rocky’s in brutal August heat - no iconic snow-capped mountains in sight. They were, however, magnificent to both see and temporarily be part of. Anybody who travels to Denver, Boulder, or the surrounding area owes it to themselves to visit the Rocky Mountains National Park. You’ll immediately understand why it’s achieved iconic status in the U.S. and is a must-see for nature lovers and never-hikers alike.
A great national park to explore. There is amazing scenery from the car, as well as plenty of short to long hikes to enjoy as you drive around. We drove through from Estes Park to Grand Lake, stayed their the night and back again. Make sure you visit the Holzwarth historic site in Kawuneeche Valley, on the Grand Lake side. Great to see how an old Homestead was created leading to a Dude ranch complex that was quite the tourist attraction in its day. All the toilets are a "long drop" (Aussie slang for a pit), but are very clean and well maintained.
The national parks of the United States are an absolute treasure and the Rocky Mountain National Park is no exception. From sweeping mountainscapes to glacial lakes, this park has everything an outdoorsman can imagine. The roads are well maintained even during the winter and easily accessible. The drive along Trail Ridge Road is well worth your time for some absolutely stunning vistas. Be careful driving around though without AWD or 4WD when snowy. There are countless hiking trails spanning every difficulty imaginable that make for great day trips.
If you love mountain hiking then this is your favorite park, lots of trails with beautiful views and big chances of wildlife viewing. This park comes forth in numbers of visitors so expect crowds specially in summer and plan ahead. Bear lake is a famous destination also if you like camping in the park make sure to have reservations ahead or plan to reserve a spot early noon. We came late July on a Sunday and we found empty sites but we still had reservations. Our advice is to spend few days, relax and enjoy the clean air.
Just absolutely beautiful!! I have been here many times and many different seasons! The best time to me is when the Elk are in mating season. That is around Sept-Oct. This is when all the trees are changing colors and the Elk are out in full rut. You can hear the mating calls from all over. If you want to hike Bear Lake which I recommend I suggest getting there very early because the parking lot fills up. Bring a jacket, camera, and lots of water, come prepared. Most of have fun and enjoy nature!!
Rocky Mountain national park will always have a very special place in my heart. I just met the man of my life and this was our first trip together. We left that August morning to explore the park. Being from Missouri, we were wearing summer clothing. Little did we know that the temp would drop 30 degrees! Lol! Lesson learned! The sights were amazing! Bighorn sheep, elk we could almost touch, marmots scrambling across the rock, and a coyote on our way home. The Rangers were super too!
A great national park. Lots of places to see. Checkout Hanging Lake, Independence pass, Bear Lake etc. The only drawback is that you have to hike quite a bit to get to most places and the places themselves are a bit far from each other by car. Practice hiking a bit before coming here, as its harder to hike here because of the higher elevation and consequently lower Oxygen levels. Amazing sights, lots of alpine lakes and tundra vegetation. A great way to spend a long weekend.
Rocky Mountain National Park provides breathtaking views that are truly second to none. I was lucky to be able to drive up to Bear Lake after a heavy snow - safe enough roads, but beautiful, snow-covered beauty awaited me. Unfortunately we did run into some ice and required a tow truck service, but the National Park rangers were very helpful and we were able to continue our trip in the park after only about 20 minutes. I plan on returning to this gorgeous area again soon.
A must-visit, whether hiking for days or just driving through. Emerald lake is a viable hike for anyone with moderate agility and physical ability. Beautiful ending. Trail ridge road is a must-drive. Visit dawn or dusk for animal sightings. Visit after dark for nighttime photography. Note that snow will be on trails into late June, wear appropriate boots for comfort and water resistance. Stunning views throughout the park.
On this particular trip, we went to Moraine Park and did the Cub Lake trail. This trail is about a 6.1 miles loop that takes you through low valley lands up about 1000 feet to the top of a mountain where Cub Lake sits. The lake is gorgeous, but there are quite a few trees that have succumbed to what looks like the nasty pine beetle. Still, this is a beautiful hike and worth it for the geology, ecology, and scenery.
HORRIBLE restrooms. If you plan on spending time here, you are better off going in the woods than going to a public restroom. They have not been cleaned at all and smell awful. Other than that, there are spectacular views. Bear lake is beautiful and easy to get to. If you go to the park before 7:30, you can also watch sunrise. I would highly recommend going then. It is less crowded and there are more wildlife out.
Lord of the Rings level beautiful. Epic views of the Rocky Mountains. Bear Lake is gorgeous and only a 300 foot walk to see. Alberta Falls is only a mile hike, so easy. Trail Ridge Road is out of this world majestic. Please do not feed the wildlife, not even the chipmunks. Do not approach the Elk or Moose. Do not stop in the middle of the road, please pull over and park to avoid creating traffic jams. Thank you