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What to Wear: Day Hiking

This park is a study in contrasts. There are easy trails in the low country that meander through elk-filled meadows and gurgling waterfalls-and are blessed with mild, sunny weather most of the summer. Then there’s the high country, where high-angle paths offer plenty of physical and technical challenge-and fast-changing weather brings sudden cold spells, rain, Read More...

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What to Wear: Backpacking

The weather is unpredictable here, but you’ll still want to pack light for overnight trips so you can cover a lot of ground comfortably. The nights are typically quite cool, particularly at higher elevations where there’s no forest to hold the day’s heat, so you’ll want warm clothes and a three-season sleeping bag for the Read More...

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What to Wear: Ultra-Light Backpacking

To click off 15 miles in this rugged park in one day-or stand atop multiple summits where the views go on forever-you have to pack light, light, light. And that doesn’t mean simply buying the most featherweight sleeping bag. To keep your load under 20 pounds-a good goal that includes food weight-you’ll need to leave Read More...

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What to Bring: Ultra-Light Backpacking

One of the most rewarding ways to experience the park’s amazing spine of mountain splendor is to pack light and hike hard among the peaks lining the Continental Divide. With good planning to avoid exposure during the midafternoon lightning storms, you can easily bag several summits in one day-and still have time to dip your Read More...

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What to Bring: Backpacking

The crowds in Rocky Mountain’s campgrounds can be fierce-sites often sell out months in advance-and the best way to experience the grandeur of those mountains piercing the skyline is to spend a night (or several) in the park’s less-traveled backcountry. Read More...

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What to Bring: Day Hiking

In Rocky’s lower elevations (below treeline, which is at about 9,500 feet), you generally won’t need a big pack for dayhikes. The main trails are well-traveled and relatively gentle, which makes for fast escapes if a thunderstorm rolls in. For a daypack, BACKPACKER testers recommend a lightweight pack. Read More...

Top Ten Things to do in Rocky Mountain

1. See Aspens in Fall

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 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. 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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