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Rocky Mountain National Park

1000 US Highway 36, Estes Park, Colorado 80517 USA

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Tue 12a-12a
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“feel like you're on top of the world”

Rocky Mountain National Park’s 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments. Enjoy Trail Ridge Road – which crests over 12,000 feet including many overlooks to experience the subalpine and alpine worlds – along with over 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers, wildlife, starry nights, and fun times. In a world of superlatives, Rocky is on top!

Rocky Mountain National Park is a living laboratory. Everyone from preschoolers to Ph.D.'s can study their favorite natural sciences while enjoying the breathtaking beauty of this park.

The riparian (wetland) ecosystem of the park is based in 150 lakes and 450 miles of streams. Lush plant life and dense wildlife are the hallmarks of these wet areas that speckle and divide other ecosystems.

Forests of pine and grassy hillsides dominate the montane ecosystem in the park. These areas may be drier than riparian areas but life still abounds. Look for critters leaping or creeping from tree to tree or poking their heads from underground.

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June 17, 2014

Went here during Memorial weekend and it was jammed packed despite the raindrops here and there. The scenery was well worth it. Colorado at it's best around this time of the year. The wet green tress and the beautiful peak of the sun throughout the day. I was only blinded by the snow's love. Can't wait till it's hotter here in CO to go hiking and looking for CO's breath taking moments!

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September 8, 2014

One of my favorite national parks! Breathingtaking view everywhere you go! I'm so in love with this place.

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July 23, 2014

Breathtaking scenery! We saw Elk grazing on the mountainside, and the remains of snow at the mountain at the Alpine Visitors Center. The Trail Ridge Road takes you all the way to the top! Elevation: 11, 796 ft! Awesome!

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July 10, 2014

amazing place with beautiful scenery!
We saw a black bear and got close up to elk and deer! e
Even though it's summer, there was a lot or snow as it's very elevated, but I recommend it 100%, you won't regret it!

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July 7, 2014

Beautiful! Be warned though, that when it says no pets allowed on the trails, it means it. I tried bringing my small dog. I thought surely there wouldn't be that many park rangers, I was wrong, they are everywhere. So sadly, just leave the pup at home!

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January 12, 2017

Absolutely incredible! Even though most of the trails and roads were closed due to snow, the views were still beautiful. Even saw some animals :)

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November 7, 2016

How crazy would it be to do some of the Estes Park Cone in November?

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August 15, 2016

Make yourself a favor and hike the Estes cone trail to the top. I haven't seen many panoramas in my life as beautiful as this view. Hike is moderate and gets rough on the higher level. Allow around 4-5h for it, but remember it is well worth it!!

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July 9, 2016

This is one of the most beautiful places and I'm completely in love with this park. We were there over July 4th and it was pretty crowded. We wanted to do the hike to Bear Lake, but the shuttles were full and the wait times were so long. Still, there were plenty of other trails to hike and things to see and now I have a reason to go back!

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January 24, 2016

Unbelievably beautiful and serene! Can not wait to go back

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September 19, 2015

Spectacular! I can't wait to come back. We came up along 34(?) and it was the most beautiful nail-biting scenic drive I've ever been on. If you are in the area you should definitely take the ride.

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August 1, 2015

Beautiful area. Very crowded. Must park and ride to the hiking trails.

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May 22, 2015

Just breathtaking. The pictures don't even do it justice, truly a sight to see. Do yourself a favor and experience Rocky Mountain National Park!

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May 12, 2015

A must-have experience. We drove through the Rocky Mountain National Park on our way to Fort Collins. Stunning scenery. A camera is a must. There were many places to pull over to view the wildlife, take photos, and just enjoy your surroundings. I wish we'd had more time to stay and explore the trails.

This park wasn't on our original itinerary but we had several locals recommend it and I'm very glad we listened. It ended up being my favorite part of our road trip around Colorado.

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March 1, 2015

Very serene environment. Feels like you're in Cloud 9 when you get here.

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November 18, 2014

This is a very nice hiking parks with lots of nice visitors centers. We came in from the Estes side and crossed the entire park. The hike to 12,005 feet was amazing. You will feel on top of the world. Great over looks and a wonderful experience of the tundra environment.

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November 17, 2014

RMNP is too gorgeous for words, it is awe-inspiring at the least. There are so many trails to explore, but I often found myself wanting to just pick a secluded, high-up spot and soak it all in. Can't wait to go back next summer.

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October 20, 2014

I live less than 45 minutes from the park and have lost count how many times I've visited, and it NEVER gets old! It is a true American gem. The scenery is jaw-dropping by any standards. Fall is the best time of year to visit, and when the elk rut and aspen colors are at their peak, it just doesn't get any better. June in my opinion is a great month to visit too...the water on the creeks and waterfalls is flowing very nicely from the snow melt, the weather is perfect, and life is in abundance. This park is a must for anyone visiting Colorado.

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October 10, 2014

Beyond words. Every photo is true and the visitors center is a great place to ask questions about which hikes to do with a limited amount of time, gear, or experience. Go. It's a must.

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September 30, 2014

Apparently the Emerald Lake Trail is the top don't-miss one! If you go during the summer there are tons of electric storms and thunder storms so be prepared.

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September 30, 2014

Everything looks like a postcard. You can't look anywhere without wanting to pull out your camera to take a picture. For the avid hiker who finds Longs Peak to be too much of a challenge, try Hallett Peak because it's a bit easier.

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June 19, 2014

RMNP is such a beautiful place! The scenery never disappoints and the animals always seems to be around to enjoy.

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Rocky Mountain National Park

1000 US Highway 36
Estes Park, Colorado
80517 USA


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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Public Restrooms
  • Free Parking
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