Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most popular hiking destinations in America. With well over 300 miles of hiking trails, the park provides hikers access to miles and miles of shear beauty. From the amazing views of its jagged mountains, to its cool pine forests and numerous streams running through the mountains, Rocky Mountain National Park offers something for everybody.
In addition to the amazing scenery, you will find an abundance of wildlife. If youâ€™re lucky, you may see a moose taking a drink of water from a fresh mountain stream, or an eagle soaring high above the clouds over a pristine alpine lake. If youâ€™re not so lucky, you may run across a mountain lion, so be on the lookout for that. Bird watching is a popular activity in RMNP because of the diverse number of ecosystems inside the park.
Rocky Mountain National Park is situated in the north-central part of Colorado. There is easy access to the park via three different highways: US highways 34 and 36, and state highway 7. When you arrive, you may gain information about permit requirements and the latest hiking conditions at any of the parkâ€™s 5 visitor centers.
There are a couple things to be aware of if you choose to hike RMNP. First of all, some of the scenery that makes this park such a great attraction is located off the hiking trails. However, if you are a beginner, it is not recommended that you go off the trail. If you do want to hike off the trail, consult a park ranger ahead of time for guidance.
Second, Rocky Mountain National Park may not be for everyone. This is one of the most visited national parks in the summer time and the hiking trails can get congested. To avoid this problem, again talk to a park ranger and find out where some of the lesser traveled trails are located.