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Colorado is a majestic state, with the Rocky Mountains being a wonderful playground for outdoor adventurers. The park encompasses the Continental Divide along with forests and alpine tundra areas, making this park an absolute must-see for nature lovers.
Nature enthusiasts camping at Rocky Mountain National Park will have plenty of chances to stop and smell the wildflowers or photograph the wildlife right outside their camper window. Numerous hiking trails offer lookouts that allow you to appreciate the beauty of the park. Be sure to bring your camera or phone along to snap photos of all the amazing sights and animals you encounter while visiting the park.
Around 60 species of mammals call Rocky Mountain National Park home, including elk, mule deer, and bighorn sheep. If you’re an avid ornithologist or birder, you’ll have the opportunity to spot some 280 different species of birds in their natural habitat.
Rocky Mountain National Park also boasts over 50 different lakes as well as several streams that allow fishing. Anglers must have a valid Colorado fishing license and follow state regulations. If you’ve exhausted your fishing options in the park, you can always camp in an RV near Estes Park and explore Mary’s Lake for additional fishing opportunities.
Rocky Mountain National Park is renowned for its scenic drives that have been carefully cultivated to avoid disturbing the park’s natural wildlife habitats and unique vegetation. Each route offers visitors a look into the diverse ecosystems that seem to only be found in the higher elevations of the central Rocky Mountains. The Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road ascend more than 12,000 feet through aspen groves, lowland meadows, and subalpine forests.
Camping at Rocky Mountain National Park provides a relaxing retreat for avid adventurers. There are plenty of campgrounds in and around the park. Many campgrounds offer reservations, while others are first-come, first-served.
Aspenglen Campground features food storage lockers, ice and firewood for sale, flush toilets, and potable water. RV campers are welcome at this campground. The Aspenglen Campground is located near the Fall River entrance to the park and well-shaded by a dense cover of evergreens.
Glacier Basin Campground also accommodates RV campers; be sure to verify the length of your site when booking. Glacier Basin Campground has the same amenities as Aspenglen, as well as a dump station for RVs. There are no showers at this campground.
Moraine Park Campground is near the Beaver Meadows entrance of the park, giving campers a breathtaking view of the mountains. Flush toilets are available only during certain times, but vault toilets are available year-round. Amenities include a dump station, potable water, and food storage lockers. Timber Creek and Longs Peak are the park’s other two campgrounds, but Longs Peak is tent-only.
Some visitors may choose to camp with an RV outside of Rocky Mountain National Park. Estes Park Campground at Mary’s Lake is an excellent alternative to camping in the park. The campground is located in a lovely valley surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and is walking distance from Mary’s Lake. Estes Park Campground at Mary’s Lake offers campers fun activities, like a heated pool, fishing at the lake, and a playground for the kids, in addition to standard amenities. Full RV hookups, laundry facilities, and a propane filling station are available here.
Before heading home, take a drive over to the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland, or ARP for short, which is just over an hour from Rocky Mountain National Park. ARP extends north to the Wyoming border and encompasses over one million acres of naturally preserved forests and grassland. The Twin Sister’s Trail winds through ARP and even goes through part of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Boulder is only about an hour southeast of Rocky Mountain National Park and home to University of Colorado’s Natural History Museum and the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse. Denver is another half-hour south from Boulder. While in Denver, you may want to check out the Denver Zoo, Denver Botanic Gardens, and the Denver Art Museum.
While camping at Rocky Mountain National Park, take a day to visit the Trail Ridge Marina in Grand Lake. The marina offers scenic views of the Rocky Mountains from the shoreline and provides access to Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Lake. You can rent a boat at Trail Ridge Marina and spend some time on the water enjoying the scenic beauty that surrounds these high mountain lakes. Pets are also allowed on certain rental boats.
For visitors who like to browse local shops for great souvenirs, Estes Park has a fantastic shopping district that attracts visitors from all over. Many small shops offer unique, handmade items and apparel. With over 300 shops to browse, you’ll be able to find the perfect souvenir to remember your trip. Estes Park and Grand Lake also offer a variety of dining options ranging from delis and steakhouses to bakeries and breweries.