We first visited Rocky Mountain National Park in May of 2018. We grew up in the Appalachian Mountains on the east coast, so we are already used to seeing mountains and thought we knew what we'd be in for... more mountains, right?
Wrong. It severely exceeded our expectations! As we approached the entrance, we looked out and immediately saw endless miles of massive snow-capped summits, long sweeping valleys, and herds of wildlife grazing along them. This was not the landscape we were used to back home. This was something special.
The park is split into five regions; we came in through the Wilderness region in the northern part of the park. We stopped for a quick pic at the sign, got our NP Passport stamped at the Visitors Center, then began exploring. Our curiosity briefly took us to a more accessible hike on the Deer Mountain Trail; only a six-mile round-trip hike that hits about 10,000 feet in elevation. While not the highest peak in the park, the view was still breathtaking.
Rocky Mt. has a little over 265,000 Wild Acres and is one of the most visited parks in the whole NP system! Whether you're an expert adventurer or just looking to share a new memory with a loved one, there are plenty of sights to see and new experiences to share fit for the whole family. If you're ever in the Denver area, do yourself a favor and visit this park.
Click the links below to start planning your trip, or find ways to get involved and volunteer!
|National Park Service|
|National Park Foundation|
|Rocky Mt. NP|