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Dec 21

Top 10 Things to do or see in Rocky Mountain National Park

Karen and I got to spend a few summer days in Rocky Mountain National Park not that long ago and loved our time there.  Like any visit to a large national park it is impossible to get everything in on just one visit.  Karen and I hit the highlights of the park as much as we could, but there was just so much beauty each day that the days went by way too fast.  We really enjoyed our time at Rocky Mountain National Park and since it is in one of our favorite states, Colorado, I am sure we will be making repeat visits.  Like any top ten list it is subject to one’s opinion I hope this is helpful to anyone planning on visiting Rocky Mountain National Park.  Here is our list of the top 10 things to do or see in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Top 10 Things to do or see in Rocky Mountain National Park

10. Sprague Lake

Sprague Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park via
Sprague Lake is just one of the many beautiful mountain lakes that can be found in Rocky Mountain National Park. Why visit this one?  Well the setting cannot get much prettier with several large 12 thousand feet plus mountains as a backdrop.  There is also a nice trail around the lake that will help you catch all those wonderful views.

9. Alluival Fan

Alluvial Fan Cascadesvia
What was created by a tragedy when a dam burst, hundreds of millions of gallons of water flowed into Estes Park killing 3 people, has turned into a interesting local to cascading water.

8. Cub Lake Trail

CUB LAKE, ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARKvia
A family friendly hike to beautiful scenery is what you will find along the Cub Lake.  It is also a wonderful place to see wildlife especially in the fall when large elk herds will congregate during their annual rut.

7. Bear Lake

Sunrise Reflection on Bear Lake at Rocky Mountain National Parkvia
Bear Lake is a trailhead hub for several trails.  We highly recommend going to this area as early as possible in order to park near the parking lot if the lot is full you can always take the shuttle that serves that area of the park.  I know you will be anxious to hit those trails, but make sure you save time to hike around the lake.

6. Sky Pond

Trail to to Sky Pondvia
The hike to Sky Pond is wonderful for the fit day hiker.  There are plenty of things to see on the way there from lakes to waterfalls.  The hike starts out around 9,000 feet and tops out at over 10,500 feet so not a hike you would want to do on your first day at altitude but one that should be done before leaving the park.

5. Old Fall River Road

Old Fall River Roadvia
A one ray dirt road that is much as it was when it was first made during the early part of the 20th century is what awaits the adventurers that take the Old Fall River Road.  The scenery and views are incredible and offers something different for those that have already traveled the Trail Ridge Road.

4. Adams Falls
Adams Falls

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Adams Falls is probably the most popular waterfall in the park due to how short it is.  If you are not much of a hiker then this is the hike for you.

3. Estes Park

Estes Parkvia
Estes Park is a gateway town to rocky National Park.  To ul be entertained.  s it is just perfect not to commercialized like some other gateway towns that we have been to, but with enough attractions and other things that if a person wants to take a break from seeing the park they will still be entertained.

2. Trail Ridge Road

trail ridge roadvia
When I think of Rocky Mountain National Park this road is the first thing that comes to mind.  This will road will take you to see the real mountain tops.  Lots of things to see and do from this road and make sure you stop off by the Alpine Visitor Center.

1. Trail to Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake Panoramavia
Our favorite hike to do at Rocky Mountain National Park of course we have not done all the ones that want yet, but we definitely enjoyed our time on this trail.  It took us by three beautiful alpine lakes and we got to see some wildlife up close.  All-in-all it was just an excellent day hike.

We hope you enjoyed our list of the top 10 things to see or do in Rocky Mountain National Park. Is there anything that you think we left off or if you disagree with our top 10 sound off by leaving a comment.  Please check out our other top to lists by clicking here.  Happy Travels!

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  1. Rocky Mountain National Park Camping | Survival Life National Park Series

    […] 5. Sprague Lake An interesting place like this should not be left out of your Rocky Mountain camping activities. Image via Sprague Lake is just one of the many beautiful mountain lakes that can be found in Rocky Mountain National Park. Why visit this one? Well the setting cannot get much prettier with several large 12 thousand feet plus mountains as a backdrop. There is also a nice trail around the lake that will help you catch all those wonderful views. (Via plainadventure.com) […]

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