Vistor’s Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park

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Rocky Mountain National Park Sign ©krossbow/Flickr

The with their pointy summits, spectacular red rock formations and deep canyons, the Rocky Mountains represent one of the major tourist destination in the USA. The Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is just one small area of these huge mountain system that crosses the USA from north to south. But in many ways, this popular US park is representative for the savage beauty of the Rockies. This must-see national park is particularly famous for its high altitude hiking trails, its wildflowers and scenic drives. If you ever thought about visiting this amazing place then this vistor’s guide to Rocky Mountain National Park will help you plan your visit:

What to see

There is much to explore and see in the Rocky Mountain National Park. Wildlife here is abundant, and with a few tips from the Ranger’s Office and a few luck you will get to see marmots, otters, elks, big horn sheep and even moose and coyote. The alpine meadows are filled by millions of multicolored flowers every year in July. All throughout the park you can find well-marker hiking trails, as well as two of America’s best scenic drives, the Trail Ridge Road and the Old Fall River Road.

Rocky Mountain National Park

wildflowers © Rennett Stowe/Flickr

Best time to visit

The Rocky Mountain National park is open all year round, and the park entrances stay open 24 hours a day. There is ‘best time to visit’ when it comes to this attraction: each season has its beauty, just as various animals species are more easy to spot in certain months.

Entrance Fees

Like with most national parks in the US, there is an entrance fee to the park, which is payed per vehicle (20$ for cars and $10 for bikes) and is valid for a week. For $40, you can also purchase an Annual Pass, granting you unlimited admissions to the park.

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Rocky Mountain National Park Sign ©krossbow/Flickr

Safety tips

Like with any open air attraction, there are dangers and risks that must be taken into account if you want an incident-free trip. You should be careful about wildlife – never get too close to animals, no matter how ‘cute’ they look or how much you want to get the perfect shot. Also, choose wisely when it comes to accommodation and the length/difficulty of your hiking trip: not anyone if fit to hike at such altitudes, just as not anyone enjoys sleeping in the middle of the wilderness. Also, try to stay on the trail and don not camp or make a fire in a place which is not authorized: you risk being fined by the park service.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Elk © ricketyus/Flickr

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