Rocky Mountain National Park Things to Do

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Most Viewed Things to Do in Rocky Mountain National Park

  • 1. Trail Ridge Road

    A drive across the Trail Ridge Road is an absolute must-do, a highlight of any visit to Rocky Mountain National Park. Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous motorway in the US, much of which is...

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  • 2. Wildlife

    We woke up early every morning we were in RMNP and it was very rewarding. Almost nobody around and so many animals!!We found a whole bunch even out of the park,...

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  • 3. Wild Animal Viewing

    Rocky Mountain Park is noted for the many large animals you can see just about anywhere in the park. We were there when the male elk were battling it out over...

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  • 4. Alpine Visitor's Center

    At 11,000 ft this visitor's center is close to the parks highest paved areas and gives a good view of the Alpine tundra eco-system. Beware to account for the...

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  • 5. Hike the Alluvial Fan Trail

    Not far from the Fall River Visitor Center, this trail crosses an alluvial fan via a wooden bridge. It gives you great photographic opportunites as you look up...

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  • 6. Bear Lake in the winter

    There are many reasons not to visit this park in the winter. Most trails and sights are located above 10,000 feet and there is only a brief period of summertime...

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  • 7. Standing on top of the Continental Divide

    Okay - not really. I am standing on a ridge that's maybe a mile from the divide.So I think it looks stupid when young teenage girls wear really short shorts...

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  • 8. Glacier Gorge Junction TH to Black Lake Hike

    We debated the summit to Longs Peak. After our hike to Odessa Lake and the night we spent there, I had some trepedations about intense hikes. We wanted to do a...

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  • 9. deep in the Wild Basin

    Just north of the village of Allenspark, a road leaves west from Highway 7. Follow this road and you will find yourself in one of the quieter corners of Rocky...

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  • 10. Two Great Lakes in one Excellent Day Hike

    Mills Lake and Black Lake are gorgeous lakes and easy to get to in a single day hike.Start at Glacier Gorge Trail Head and enjoy! Every body and their dog (!)...

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  • 11. Bird Watching

    There are birds everywhere! Keep your peeled. We spotted a Stellier's Jay, a magpie and a hawk. Pretty cool. If you're really interested in birds, the rangers...

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  • 12. Meet the People

    As always, one of my favorite things to do is meet the people. I met a nice family from Iowa and another from Nebraska (with twins). I also met and talked to...

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  • 13. Have a Picnic

    There are a number of places in the park to have a picnic, however, many of the stops along the Trail Ridge Road do not have picnic sites. This one is near the...

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  • 14. Taxidermy Shed

    One of the other building that is open for view and with displays is the Taxidermy Shed. Lots of the people who came to the lodge came here to hunt and fish....

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  • 15. HHS: Holzwarth Trout Lodge

    This is the main building for the lodge. This is where the Holzwarth Family lived and Sophie cooked up her famous combinations of German and Western US cuisine....

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  • 16. HHS: Colorado River

    At one point the trail leading to the lodge crosses the Colorado River. This mighty river, the same one which carved out the magnificent Grand Canyon, begins...

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  • 17. Holzwarth Historic Site

    One stop that I would designate as a must see is the Holzwarth Historic Site. People have been coming to this area for at least 6000 years. The Ute Tribe lived...

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  • 18. Fairview Curve

    The next stop is the Fairview Curve. I think this stop is misnamed because the view is much better than just fair. As you can see by the trees in the foreground...

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  • 19. Medicine Bow Curve

    I did not stop at the Alpine Visitors Center because the parking lot looked packed, there were even people cruising the lanes looking for parking so I kept...

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  • 20. Gore Range

    Gore Range is just past the highest point on Trail Ridge Road. Gore Range was named after Sir St. George Gore an Irish artistocrat who came through here on a...

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  • 21. Lava Cliffs

    The nest stop is Lava Cliffs. This interesting stop highlights a lava bed and cliffs formed of welded tuff in a volcanic explosion some 28 million years ago....

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  • 22. Forest Canyon

    The next stop is Forest Canyon. Highlights at this stop include a close view of 4 12,000 plus foot high peaks; the Big Thompson River and a small lake in the...

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  • 23. Rainbow Curve

    The next stop along the route is Rainbow Curve. I highly recommend this stop also because it gives you a great view of the three different ecosystems in the...

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  • 24. Many Parks Curve

    As we continue heading west along US Highway 34 through the park we reach the Many Parks Curve pullout. There is a small parking area just west of the viewpoint...

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  • 25. Beaver Ponds

    At one point this area was dotted with beaver dams blocking the flow of the water. These dams caused a buildup of sediment washed down from Hidden Valley and...

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