Rocky Mountain National Park

Overview

In the midst of the northwestern Colorado Rockies sits Rocky Mountain National Park, encompassing the Continental Divide, sections of the Colorado River, and the 12,000-foot-long hiker's paradise of Trail Ridge Road. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, the park's Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture-designed headquarters, is a National Historic Landmark, serving as one of five on-site visitor centers. The Arapaho, Routt, and Roosevelt National Forests frame the park with equally impressive natural wonders and incredible landscapes.

Information

A 349-mile network of hiking and backpacking trails crisscross the park, with an entire spectrum of difficulty levels, including challenging backcountry paths. Trail Ridge Road, Bear Lake Road, and Fall River Road offer scenic drives most visitors find hard to resist. Hallett Peak, Longs Peak, and Lumpy Ridge invite rock- and ice-climbing enthusiasts to conquer their heights.

Price range

Entrance fee for a private, noncommercial vehicle is $20. Entrance fee for visitors entering by foot, bike, moped, etc. is $10. These fees are good for seven days. Annual Passes ($40-80 for pass holders and accompanying passengers in a single, private non-commercial vehicle; $10 for seniors 62 and up) are also available. Commercial Tours vary from $25 to $200, depending on group sizes (1-6 up through 26 & over).

Best time to visit

Summer and fall are generally the busiest times of year at the park, but the reason for this is the milder temperatures. Weather conditions can change rapidly in the park's mountain environment during winter, spring, and fall.

Near by POI

Paradise Park, unreachable by hiking trails, tempts adventurous types in the mountain peaks above Grand Lake. The Andrews, Mills, Moomaw, Rowe, Sprague, Taylor, and Tyndall Glaciers can be found gradually moving across high mountain cirques around the park.

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