Courtney Holden

RMNP: Local Girl

Courtney Holden

I'm an aspiring freelance journalist, who's currently finishing up a final semester of graduate school at the University of Colorado at Boulder. After spending a summer working in the Grand Tetons, two years living in a ski town and a summer hiking around Rocky Mountain National Park, I've come to realize that being outside just makes life better. I now live (and play) in Boulder, Colorado, a city known for its fitness levels and affinity for spandex. Hiking, biking, telemark skiing, snowshoeing, mountaineering, running and kickball make my world go ‘round.

Dave Gordon

RMNP: Adventure Guy

Dave Gordon

Educated in Wildlife Ecology and Environmental Science, Dave has worked in the Ski Industry and Environmental Building Materials throughout the Intermountain West. He has studied extensively the issues of western water use in both quantity and quality and how they will affect our long term uses of wild lands. As a writer, he has written for several publications, including a column entitled 'Biosfears' and a biotech adventure murder mystery, The Eyes of Aspen. As a trail runner and hiker in the mountains, deserts and canyons of the West, he has a passionate knowledge of the trails in National Parks, as well as off the beaten paths and is happy to share his experiences of those wild places. Throw in the brewpub culture and his hobbies of organic food and creative recipes spiced with an Edward Abbey philosophy and he is ready to blog his way to adventure.


Jamie Broussard

Rob Wood

Rob Wood

Top Ten Things to do in Rocky Mountain

1. See Aspens in Fall at Rocky Mountain National Park

Starting in late August, aspens in the highest reaches of the Park begin their annual quaking, a term to describe the aspens unique leaves changing a golden-yellow hue and how they react in wind. Read More...

2. Take in a Festival

Want to dance, drink, and eat good food all in the name of a frozen dead guy? Done. How about attend the best small rodeo in America? Yep, got that covered too. Or how about throwing on a kilt and tossing a kaber? Better yet, how about tossing it with the Rocky Mountains as your backdrop? Done, done and done. Read More...

3. Hike to the Top of Longs Peak

Dominating the skyline, and topping out at 14,259 feet, Longs Peak is the ultimate adventure for enthusiastic hikers. Read More...

4. 350 Miles of Hiking Trails

Over 350 miles of trails crisscross the Park, linking together alpine lakes, jagged peaks, thick lodgepole Pine forests and rocky tundra. Also, right outside the park sits plenty of National Forest land. Read More...

5. See Wild Animals

Home to thousands of Elk, Mule Dear, Marmots, Big Horn Sheep, and the occasional Black Beer, it’s not uncommon to have your Park experience include a wildlife sighting. Read More...

6. Enjoy a Ranger-Led Activity in Rocky Mountain National Park

We know exploring a national park can be an exciting activity to do on your own, but why not spend a few hours and check out a ranger-led program? Read More...

7. Drive Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park

Known appropriately as the Highway to the Sky, Trail Ridge Road crosses the continental divide at a whopping 12,183 feet. Colorado has also designated Trail Ridge Road as a scenic and history byway. Read More...

8. Go Sledding at Hidden Valley Snow Play Area

If you love skiing, snowmobiling, ice climbing, sledding, hut trips, ice skating, and anything that involves frozen water just figure Colorado is the place to be. Read More...

9. Spend a Night in the Historic, Haunted Stanley Hotel

Just six miles from Rocky Mountain National Park and towering above the small mountain town of Estes Park, The Stanley Hotel should be included in every visitors to do list. It was the inspiration for the book & movie, The Shining. The owner was the inventor of the Stanley Steamer car. Stay in this historic 138-room hotel Read More...

10. A Perfect Day in Rocky Mountain National Park

We decided to spill one of our perfect days in Rocky Mountain National Park, just for you. Read More...

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