Rocky Mountain National Park Activities

Over 3 million people visit Rocky Mountain National Park every year, and it’s no secret why: there is virtually no limit to the outdoor adventures in Rocky Mountain National Park!

The park offers over 350 miles of hiking trails, ranging from leisurely strolls to intense mountain climbs. Hike options range across a wide variety of distances, elevation changes, and terrains. From quick day hikes to hardcore backpacking options, there’s a hike for everyone’s style and ability in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Many camping options are available in the park as well. The Timber Creek campground is located on the west side of the park near Grand Lake, right along the Colorado River in the Kawuneeche Valley. This campground offers car camping as well as RV and trailer sites. For more extreme campers, many hike-in backcountry campsites are available in Rocky Mountain National Park as well.

For the adventuresome trout angler, Rocky Mountain National Park also boasts over 150 alpine lakes and some 450 miles of streams. Rainbow, brown, brook, and native Colorado cutthroat trout inhabit the park’s waters, and provide plenty of exciting fishing opportunities.

Bicycles are permitted on established roads throughout the park, with approximately 60 miles of paved roads available for bicyclists to tour. Bike tours are a unique way to enjoy the natural beauty of the park.

Horseback riding is permitted within the park as well, with over 260 miles of trails open to horses, mules, ponies, llamas, and burros. Horseback trail tours are available on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, with guided tours into the park that leave right from the stables in Grand Lake.

Rocky Mountain National Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, with wildlife viewing being one of the park’s main attractions. Deer, moose, bugling elk, and bighorn sheep are among the many mountain creatures often sighted. The park is also prime bird watching habitat, with hundreds of species of birds known to inhabit or visit the park.

Photography is quite popular in the park as well, with plenty of pretty photo opportunities around every corner. Frequent wildlife sightings, brilliant blooms of wildflowers, serene alpine lakes, lush meadows, and majestic mountain peaks make for quite the photogenic park.

Ranger-led activities and nature programs are offered at each of the park’s visitor centers, including the Kawuneeche Visitor Center on the west side of the park near Grand Lake.

In the winter months, visitors may also enjoy snowshoeing and cross-country skiing throughout Rocky Mountain National Park.

ATVs and snowmobiles are prohibited within Rocky Mountain National Park, although there are hundreds of miles of legal trails in and around Grand Lake. Several companies provide ATV and snowmobile rentals in Grand Lake.

Contact the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce for more information!


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