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Rocky Mountain Highlight
Fun is larger than life in and around Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.
There’s fun of the adventurous sort in the wilds of the park, which is an ideal setting for wilderness camping and mountain climbing. It’s home to black bears, elk and bighorn sheep (though you’re welcome to visit). From mountain bikes to thrilling hikes, this is an outdoor lover’s dream.
There’s plenty of fun to be had in downtown Estes Park. Cradled by majestic mountain peaks, this is one lively hangout. Restaurants, boutiques, art galleries… it’s all here. Whether you’re shopping, dining or just sightseeing, it’s a fantastic place to spend time with people.
The Rocky Mountains deliver an elevated vacation experience, in more ways than one.
No matter how you choose to adventure, Rocky Mountain National Park offers visitors a little bit of everything. Roll down the windows and take in the views along the iconic Trail Ridge Road, or pack your gear for the challenging climb up Longs Peak, the highest point in the park. Note: The difficult trek up Longs Peak requires significant preparation and planning.
Get your heart rate going in a true winter wonderland with can’t-miss, cold weather favorites in Rocky Mountain National Park. Bundle up and reserve your spot on a ranger-led snowshoe hike through snow-covered landscapes—open to all skill levels.
Off the Beaten Path
Most park visitors enter through the eastern entrance, passing through the charming town of Estes Park. But the western entrance is a hidden gem in itself, teeming with wildlife and wildflowers found in the meadows of Kawuneeche Valley. Stroll along the accessible Coyote Valley Trail for a picnic and breathtaking views of the valley and Colorado River.
With stunning views of a high-alpine lake and access to gorgeous trails such as the Emerald Lake Trail, the Bear Lake area is one of the most-visited destinations in the park. If you're planning an adventure here, arrive before 8 a.m. or earlier for the best chance to access this area. If you slept through your alarm, take a drive along Trail Ridge Road and then return in the afternoon. Note: Depending on what season you visit, a timed entry permit may be required.
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