Planning to explore some of the United States’ natural areas? National Parks are a great way to see what this country has to offer. If you are a mountain lover, Rocky Mountain National Park is a top spot! This expansive park is located in the north/central area of Colorado and features vast, mountainous landscapes. Filled with winding roads offering a very scenic drive and ample wildlife viewing, this park is a great choice!
Rocky Mountain national Park is adjacent to the adorable mountain town called Estes Park. These beautiful spots are located not far off interstate 25 in Northern in Colorado.
If you’re flying into the area you will most likely arrive in Denver and he will head north and into the mountains from there. Once you enter the park, there are a variety of routes you can take allowing you to experience this fast landscape.
Estes Park is a super cute and surprisingly fun little town nestled deep down at the base of the mountains. The entry to Rocky Mountain National Park is not far from the west end of town. This is our go-to destination in the mountains. There is a lot to do in this town, but like many mountain towns, it is expensive!
The roads throughout the park are long and winding with steep ascents into the mountains that provide plenty of overlook stops for taking in the majestic panoramas. We recommend driving with caution in situations like this. Keep an eye out for wildlife on the road, as well as oncoming cars and other hazards. The scenery is so beautiful it is easy to get distracted from safe driving practices.
The Park offers some excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, but we only saw elk during our time in the park. Still, they were plentiful!
This park seems like it goes on forever. We know we only were able to cover a small portion of the park’s territory. There are opportunities for camping, visitors centers and a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, horseback riding, and more. In close proximity to Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park is a great stop to add to your list this year!
When it comes to travel, we love variety! If you’re planning your next trip and looking for recommendations this area Colorado is a great place to get out into nature and break free from some of the crowding. Just remember :
“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt”