Introducing Rocky Mountain National Park
Teeming with stunning natural beauty, from towering peaks to wide-open alpine tundra, Rocky Mountain National Park is a Colorado must-do for visitors. It’s so alluring, in fact, that more than three million visitors mosey in annually. Breathe in crisp mountain air, hike through grassy meadows, gasp at snowcapped peaks and keep an eye out for elk, bighorn sheep, moose, marmots and bear. Most visitors stay near Trail Ridge Rd (open last Monday in May to mid-October), which winds through spectacular alpine tundra environments. Those who prefer communing with nonhuman nature should venture on foot away from the road corridor; the reward is quiet, superlative scenery.
Late-19th-century hotel and road construction in the settlement of Estes Park prompted naturalist Enos Mills to campaign in 1909 to protect the area. He faced opposition from private grazing and timber interests, but in early 1915 Congress approved the bill creating Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Rocky Mountain National Park destination guides
Colorado: a driver's dream destination
Colorado has 25 nationally designated Scenic & Historic Byways, and a number of mind-blowing drives that didn’t make the list, but should definitely make yours.
Rocky Mountain Zipline Adventure from Denver
Enjoy the fresh Colorado air and admire the views of the Rocky Mountains as you fly through trees and over meadows on a zipline! Ride on some of Colorado’s longest zipline tracks on a course that spans more than 6,000 feet (1,828 m). Choose between a 4-line ride and a 6-line ride and enjoy scenic hikes between the ziplines.
Guided Mountain-Biking Tour of Colorado's Front Range
Follow your experienced mountain-biking guide on an adventure through Colorado's Front Range, the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. On this mountain-biking tour, your expert guide will customize your trip so that you’ll ride trails that align with your level of experience.