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!  DSC03621

Getting There

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

We spent a long weekend in Estes Park, which 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.

The Park

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!DSC03674

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!DSC03670

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”

 

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  1. This seems like a beautiful place to visit! I have done the drive from Denver through Vail and Aspen to Grand Junction, but have never been north to this area. I love the Rockies and driving through the mountains so would love to explore more of it 🙂

  2. Colorado is a place we want to visit and see more of. Drives through have only been teasers. While we have enjoyed the Rocky Mountains in Canada, we have not seen much south of the border. We love drives that are slow and winding with stops for animal sightings. Horseback riding in the parks sounds like a great way to make more distance that I might hiking. Will definitely add Rocky Mountain National Park to our Colorado planning board.

    1. Having always lived in the Rocky Mountain region, I can tell you that it is such a great part of the States. Would love to explore up into Canada as well! Hope you make it out this way in the future!

  3. Rocky Mountain National Park is on the list for my upcoming US road trip. With travel options limited this summer I have decided to visit as many of the state/national parks as I can. Rocky Mountain NP looks gorgeous. I would love to see some wild life and enjoy a relaxing camping trip. Colorado is full of so many great nature options.

    1. We are looking at similar (road trip) options and are in the initial planning stages. Safe travels to you!!

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