Natural Wonders

Colorado is home to over 2,000 natural lakes, reservoirs, and enough rivers to keep any water loving individual happy. And, no matter how much we write there is no way to name all the peaks, mountain ranges, valleys, cliffs, and glaciers in Colorado and Rocky Mountain National Park. But we invite you to start your exploration here and stop to appreciate the aspen trees, wildflowers and rock formations splattered across the park.

Alberta Falls. Photo by Flickr Ed Coyle.

14 Favorite Waterfalls in Rocky Mountain National Park

All but one of Rocky Mountain Park’s waterfalls require at least a short hike meaning that it’s entirely possible to enjoy a waterfall by yourself. Read More...

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Annual Perseid Meteor Shower in Rocky Mountains

A perseid meteor shower can be seen every year in Rocky Mountain National Park in mid August Read More...

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Colorado Mountains

With numerous activities, and 300 days of sunshine, Colorado is a mountain lovers dream. Read More...

Mummy Range, Rocky Mountain Park

Forming the Rocky Mountains in RMNP

The park has a very violent history. Volcanoes exploded, rock pushed upwards pulling the earth apart, and massive glaciers grinded down valleys. Read More...

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High elevation trees grow “Krummholz”

To cope with the relentless winds and snow loads of the Colorado Rockies, the highest-elevation trees grow in short, dense stands of crooked wood. Read More...

Alberta Falls. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Hike to Alberta Falls, Mills Lake, and Jewel Lake

Hike 3 miles from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead to stroll past this waterfall and two lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park. Alberta Falls is only 0.8 miles in. Read More...

Paul Bunyan's Boot on Gem Lake Trail. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Hike to Gem Lake, Balanced Rock, & Paul Bunyan’s Boot

A moderate hike along Rocky Mountain National Park’s Lumpy Ridge. You see unusual rock formations and a small lake with a beach. Read More...

Longs Peak seen from Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park

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...

Ken Burns. Photo: YouTube

Ken Burns’ Secrets of Rocky Mountain National Park

Famous documentarian, Ken Burns sat down with USA TODAY and shared some of the secrets of Rocky Mountain Park. Read More...

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Lakes Beyond Rocky Mountain National Park

Boating, fishing, hiking, canyoneering, scuba diving, and soaking up the skyline are all activities these lakes offer up. Read More...

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Lakes Inside Rocky Mountain National Park

The park is literally chocked-full of lakes due to the large glaciers that carved out deep canyons and cirques, while leaving teardrops of water behind. Read More...

Perseid Meteor Shower in RMNP on Trail Ridge Road. Photo by Dave Dugdale www.learningDSLRvideo.com

Night Sky Programs in Rocky Mountain National Park

Ranger-led night sky programs are held in the park in the summer starting in mid-June. Read More...

A woman standing on high alpine tundra overlooking the mountains near Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park

No, You Can’t Name a Colorado Peak That!

With 53 mountains that exceed 14,000 feet in elevation, Colorado has too many peaks to list. Not all of them are named. Read More...

Ouzel Falls. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Ouzel Falls Hike – 3 Waterfalls in 3 Miles

This easy 2.7 mile hike passes by three named waterfalls and numerous smaller cascades and trickles along North St. Vrain Creek. Enter RMNP at the Wild Basin Entrance south of Estes Park. Read More...

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Rivers Beyond Colorado

Some of the West’s most important rivers flow out of Colorado and near into the barren desert of Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and Wyoming. Read More...

Sprague Lake, Rocky Mountain Park

Rivers Inside Rocky Mountain National Park

Rafters, photographers, anglers, backpackers, and many more enjoy Colorado’s vast river system, which is comprised of over 2,000 lakes and streams. Read More...

Rock wall on the Glacier Gorge trail. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Scenic Canyons Inside Rocky Mountain National Park

Take a scenic hike, drive, or climb through one of Colorado’s beautiful canyons such as Forest Canyon, Spruce Canyon, The Black Canyon of Gunnison, Royal Gorge, and Castlewood Canyon. Read More...

People at an overlook off of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park

Scenic Overlooks on Trail Ridge Road

Forget having to hike miles to experience the sight of open tundra, alpine vistas, and towering peaks. Trail Ridge Road, has three must-see turnouts. Read More...

Aspen trees in autumn in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo by Ben Fullerton

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...

The Mummy Range as viewed from the Alpine Visitor Center on Trail Ridge Road. Photo by Ali Pfenninger

The Rocky Mountains inside RMNP

It’s hard not to be impressed. Mountains tower over meadows spotted with elk and wildflowers. Here are the best mountain views and where to see them. Read More...

Sunset in Moraine Park

Valleys in Rocky Mountain National Park

Full of long wide valleys carved out by glaciers millions of years ago, the most popular include Moraine Park, Kawuneeche Valley, and Fall River Canyon. Read More...

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Waterfalls Beyond Rocky Mountain National Park

The state of Colorado has over 200 documented waterfalls, 2000 streams and lakes, 20 separate mountain ranges, and the headwaters of some of the West’s most important rivers. Read More...