As one of the most visited attractions in the state, Rocky Mountain National Park sure lives up to the hype. It’s a good one to visit year round, especially in the quiet off seasons.
There are lots of chances to fish and hike around all sections of the park. The Tundra Communities Trail is a short one mile round trip hike above the tree line, located about mid way through the the drive.
The Holtzwarth Trout Lodge is another highlight, located on the Grand Lake side. This historic site opened in 1920’s and is open to the public for tours. You can go inside several of the old cabins, blacksmith and taxidermy shops.
Trail Ridge Road
Trail Ridge Road is the main route through the park, which winds up and through a unique high alpine environment. It’s a designated Scenic Byway and an All American Road.
From the east, it begins in Estes Park, heads west over the Continental Divide and ends in Grand Lake. The drive takes about an hour to three depending on how many stops you take. The 48 mile route peaks at 12,183 of feet elevation and travels at above tree line for eleven miles.
There are six campgrounds within the park, including one group campground. Moraine Park has the most sites at 245.
- Moraine Park – 245 sites, Reservations
- Aspenglen – 54 sites, Reservations
- Glacier Basin – 150 sites, Reservations
- Longs Peak – 26 tent sites, first-come first-serve
- Timber Creek – 98 sites, first come first-serve
It costs $20 per vehicle and $10 for pedestrian, bike, or motorcycle for park entrance. It’s good for seven days. Read more on Rocky Mountain National Park.