About an hour and a half drive from Denver, Colorado is the amazing Rocky Mountain National Park. The expansive luscious green environment spans 415 square miles of picturesque scenery. There’s a lot for everyone to do anytime because the park is open all year round. Annually, more than 4.6 million visitors show their appreciation for one of Colorado’s most beloved tourist attractions. Before you go, read about some fascinating things that will raise your anticipation for your next trip to this beautiful iconic park.
THE EASTERN AND WESTERN AREAS OF THE PARK OF SEPARATED BY THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE TRAIL WHICH IS 30 MILES LONG
The Continental Divide Trail is one of the largest trails in the world and visitors can take advantage of what it has to offer. You can horseback ride, fish, hunt, and ski with scenic views all in every direction.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN FEATURES THE 14TH HIGHEST PEAK IN COLORADO
At 14,259 feet, Longs Peak is Rocky Mountain’s highest elevation and the state’s 14th highest peak. Big Thompson River is the lowest elevation at 7,630 feet. About sixty peaks are taller than 12,000 feet for a variety of landscaping scenery to behold. Glaciers, snow-capped mountains, evergreen trees, and flowing river water create nature’s backdrop that captivates the soul.
A THRIVING PLANT AND WILDLIFE ECOSYSTEM ARE PRESERVED IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
Landmarks in the park’s Montane ecosystem include Horseshoe Park, Moraine Park, and Upper Beaver Meadows on Rocky Mountain’s Eastside. Kawuneeche Valley is on the Westside of the park. Ponderosa pine cones, quaking aspen, willows, and water birch are common sights. You may even spot some blue spruce along the streams. Colorful summer blooming plants include the Mountain Iris and Plains prickly pear. Outside of plant life, Western Tanager birds are plentiful in the summer months.
THE TRAIL RIDGE ROAD’S HIGHEST ELEVATION POINT REACHES 12,183 FEET
Up until 11,500 elevations, some evergreen trees may appear on Trail Ridge Road. Although sometimes it is about 30 degrees colder than other parts of the Rocky Mountain, the area is bursting with life. This is especially true as the elevation reaches its high point, the tundra area. Take notice of your surroundings. You’ll look in amazement at the stately beauty of moose and bighorn sheep. Alpine plants in pink, blue, yellow, red, white, and purple clothe the ground in the summer season.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN’S VISITOR CENTERS OFFER FUN THINGS TO DO
Stop in at the Alpine Visitor Center, Rocky Mountain’s highest at 11,796 feet elevation. The other six centers are Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, Fall River Visitor Center, Kawuneeche Visitor Center, and Moraine Park Discovery Center. Each visitor center is unique and has much to offer. There are interactive exhibits, bookstores, park movies, and ranger-led programs for your family to take part in. While there, purchase Rocky Mountain keepsakes at gift shops to memorialize your visit. Before you leave, view excellent wildlife on a nature trail. If you’re interested in buying, selling, or renting a property near Rocky Mountain, speak with an Estes Park Team Realty agent. Estes Park is a lovely community adjacent to Mountain National Park.
LOCATED THROUGHOUT ROCKY MOUNTAIN ARE FIVE CAMPGROUNDS WITH AMENITIES
Camping is easy and in-demand at Rocky Mountain. The campgrounds are situated in a variety of areas. Choose from Longs Peak, Timber Creek, Aspenglen, Moraine Park, and Glacier Basin. Amenities include fire rings, flush toilets, picnic tables, and running water. Camping season starts in May and ends either in September or in October. Reservations are required except for Longs Peak which has a first-come, first-serve policy.
A MUSEUM THAT SHOWCASES ROCKY MOUNTAINS HISTORY
To preserve the historical impact Rocky Mountain National Park has for the Denver, Colorado area and the world, a museum collection of artifacts are on exhibit for visitors to view. While other repositories house several pieces of the collections, some of the 10,495 biological samples, 294 artworks, 33,465 cultural items, and a few of the 455 geological samples are displayed in the on-site museum.
Rocky Mountain National Park has interesting things for you, your family, and friends to enjoy in the winter, spring, summer, and autumn. Plan to visit each season because you are sure to discover something new every time. If you’re looking to relocate near the park, Estes Park Team Realty can help you find your dream home. Several entrances to Rocky Mountain are accessible from Estes Park, so spend some time in the area very soon.
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