Imagine standing on top of the world, the snow-capped Rocky Mountains at eye-level. Trail Ridge Road snakes across a tapestry of tundra where elk herds graze. The tiny tundra flowers survive brutal winters that leave snow drifts 20 feet high the following spring.
Take a deep breath. The air at two miles above sea level is fresh, invigorating and guaranteed to make your heart pound. If only you could bottle it and take it home.
Rocky Mountain National Park is the only place you can experience this stark beauty above treeline, as well as pristine alpine lakes, pine forests and lush meadows with its 415 square miles and four distinct ecosystems. More than 350 miles of hiking trails will take you to thundering waterfalls, roaring rivers and mountain peaks. The vistas are breathtaking, so bring your camera.Established in 1915, Rocky Mountain National Park is a gem—one of the largest and busiest national parks in the United States.
This is your chance to explore the home of the sure-footed bighorn sheep, the reclusive black bear, herds of elk and mule deer and the occasional moose rustling in the underbrush of the Kawuneeche Valley. Look above for the soaring eagle and steely-eyed red-tail hawk.
If this is your first visit, attend a ranger-led activity or nature program to learn about the Park from a local expert. Once you have the lay of the land, hit a trail or climb a mountain (there are 77 mountains reaching more than 12,000 feet in elevation). Bring a fly rod and fish for a rainbow trout in the Big Thompson River, or hike to an alpine lake and land the elusive greenback cutthroat trout. Pitch a tent at a backcountry campsite and sleep under the stars. The tenderfoot should hire a wrangler at a local stables and go on a guided horseback ride. During the winter months there is snowshoeing, cross country skiing and ice climbing.
Hamburgers, potato salad and watermelon always taste better outside, so take the family to Sprague Lake, Hidden Valley or Endo Valley for a picnic.
This is your family’s Rocky Mountain National Park. Sightseeing, hiking, camping, horseback riding, fishing, it’s all here for you. Enjoy one of this country’s greatest National Parks.