Five drive-in campgrounds, over 200 backcountry campsites, more than 350 miles of trails for such activities as hiking, ... More
Rocky Mountain National Park
Five drive-in campgrounds, over 200 backcountry campsites, more than 350 miles of trails for such activities as hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, 150 lakes, 450 miles of streams, several visitor centers, and elevations ranging from 8,000 feet in the wet, grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the weather-ravaged top of Longs Peak are just some of what is featured at Rocky Mountain National Park.
Definitely drive up Fall River Road, which is a one-way maintained road that offers an 11-mile drive up to the top; then you drive back down to Estes via Trailridge Road. It's scenic, but not scary and in forest most of the way. We have traveled to Rocky Mountain National Park for 30+ years and we never tire of this drive. There is a brochure you can pick up near the beginning of the drive; it's keyed to the drive up and will tell you historical facts and explain how the road was built long ago by convicts.
I absoluteyl love RMNP. It has some of the most beautiful views in the world. It is definatley an excellant place for families to visit. We lived in Denver for a few years and everytime we had compnay from out of town we took them to the park. Everyone loved it. We are planning a trip this spring. We can't wait!!
This national park is one of the best I have ever been to! Yellowstone close behind.
Must travel as far up as you can go. We did while it was snowing, I white knuckled it while my daughter drove. What great fun!
RMNP was awesome! We spent 2 days there, and still didn't see it all. We drove the scenic drive up Old Fall River Road (a one-way gravel road). The view at the top was fantastic - even though it was very windy and cold there. The Trail Ridge road was very well-maintained with great scenery too. In September, the Aspen trees are so pretty; the leaves are turning yellow. We saw plenty of elk, squirrels and some chipmunks. One evening, we saw a herd of elk near downtown Estes Park! We would definitely recommend RMNP for anyone who loves nature at its best.
Estes is a favorite Colorado destination. Always so much to see and do. No matter what season you go, you will experience true wildlife adventure. No where can you find more breath-taking scenery.
Take your family or take yourself, but spend at least one day in Estes Park! It will be a day you remember the rest of your life.
This is a place I have always wanted to go I was thilled to get to go to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It was beauiful but yet kinda like one of those thins I don't care to ever do again... The Smokey Mountains I have never gotten tired of but the Rocky's was nice to see once... Everyone said that it took a short amount of time to go over the mountain and back well let's just say be prepared for an all day thing and take food with you that won't explode in high altitudes... Food on the other side is scarce in October... But nice to go and do once...
The road between Estes Park and Grand Lake (both in Colorado) is the highest altitude continuous highway in North America, and it's quite beautiful. The road takes you higher than 12,000 feet (maybe even as high as 14,000? can't remember...), above the treeline and into tundra territory, where only scrubby grass and wildflowers dare to grow. There are elk, tons of them, sometimes some deer, and people claim to see bighorn sheep (I never did, and I looked pretty hard). No matter what kind of wildlife you see, the landscape is absolutely incredible once you get up high and past the trees.
If you're coming from Estes Park, I also recommend the Fall River road (might be called Old Fall River Road....)...it's a dirt road accessed from the Estes Park side of the national park, and although it's well-maintained, things can feel a bit dicey at times. The road is one-way, features lots of switchbacks, and hugs the mountain on one side while looking down into deep, deep valleys on the other. If you are scared of heights, don't look down--it's very easy to picture your car losing its footing and tumbling down the mountainside! Definitely an adventure, kind of a mini-version of the off-roading that's offered near Ouray and Telluride. Fall River Road is 9 miles, takes more than an hour, and ends at the Alpine center (at about 12,000 feet). Amazing!
We went to Sprague Lake and walk around it. It had the most amazing views! We got to take some really neat pictures. And it was not too crowded. It is one of the smaller lakes in the park. Also, it was interesting to stop at the museum/gift shop as well. They had some neat things to teach you how mountains evolved, etc.