Things to do in the Rocky Mountain National Park

Located right outside Estes Park, Colorado lies Rocky Mountain National Park. Comprised of 415 square miles of some of America’s most beautiful mountain terrain, RMNP is one of Northern Colorado’s most visited attractions, offering visitors spectacular vistas of the “purple mountains majesty” that Colorado is known and loved for.

While visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park are known to enjoy a wide variety of activities, including fishing, camping, picnicking, mountain biking, hiking, climbing, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, sledding, snowmobiling, and more, most often visitors come to RMNP for the sightseeing, in particular that which is done from Trail Ridge Road.

Known as a “scenic wonder road of the world” and designated one of 10 America's Byways and a nationally recognized All American Road, Trail Ridge Road is Rocky Mountain National Park’s highway to the sky, traversing 48 miles atop the ridges and mountaintops of Northern Colorado. Immediately climbing 4,000 feet in a matter of minutes, this scenic drive twists and turns for several miles, cresting above the tree line at 11,000 feet to a high point of 12,183 feet. From this height visitors are able to experience spectacular views and a wide array of flora and fauna, most notably the North American elk.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

With annual populations varying between 1,000 and 3,200, the area around Rocky Mountain National Park is a great place to view the North American elk in its natural habitat. Fall is an especially good time to visit RMNP as it’s mating season for the elk. During this part of the year, elk congregate in several areas around the park, bulls vying for the attention of cows by bugling and making showy displays of their necks and antlers.

The Rocky Mountain Nature Association offers several elk viewing tours originating from their facility in Estes Park. These evening expeditions offer visitors the opportunity to view the elk mating ritual at a distance that is safe for both humans and elk, and to learn more about these wild and beautiful creatures.

Also available are tundra tours of Trail Ridge Road. To learn more about the tours available from the Rocky Mountain Nature Association, visit their site.

To learn more about all the exciting activities available, or to get started booking your Rocky Mountain National Park vacation, contact The Stanley Hotel at 800-976-1377 today.

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