Hey there! Are you ready to experience the soaring mountain peaks, abundant wildlife, and gorgeous vistas of Rocky Mountain National Park?!?!
This park is a hiker’s paradise — it offers up some of the best alpine scenery in the world accessible by a series of phenomenal trails. And at nearly 12,000 feet, the Trail Ridge Road is one of the most incredible scenic drives in the entire country!
There is so much to do. You may have already looked at a map and felt a little overwhelmed — and eager — to make sure you don’t miss the best sights.
I’m a former park ranger and I’ll help you plan your vacation down to the details. I’ve extensively explored Rocky Mountain and am here to help!
So whether this is your first time to Rocky, or if you are returning after many years and would like to be reintroduced to the park, this list of 12 things is for you.
What You Need to Know
- Don’t miss out on anything during your trip! Take my FREE checklist with you — it includes all the activities from this list so you can keep track of where you’ve been ===> Click here to get your checklist!
- With 4 entrances and hundreds of miles of trails, Rocky Mountain is definitely crowded and busy. For the best experience, get an early start to your day and have a solid plan — like this detailed itinerary.
- The Trail Ridge Road is closed from approximately October – May because of high elevation snow. Check the official NPS site for information on seasonal road opening and closing dates.
- Afternoon thunderstorms are extremely common in the area and the weather can change in an instant. Hiking at 12,000 feet is not somewhere you want to be during these storms, so PLEASE take this warning seriously!
- Learn the warning signs of altitude sickness. If you start experiencing headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, or fatigue you may need to get to a lower elevation. Be sure to drink plenty of water and take your time as you hike in Rocky to allow your body to acclimatize to the high elevation.
- Rocky Mountain has 5 front-country campgrounds and sites get snatched up fast! Be sure to learn All About Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park if you plan on camping in the park.
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I’ll make sure that you don’t miss the sights that make this park so famous, but I also want to provide a few treasures that are off the beaten path as well. Let the adventure begin!