Places to Visit in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain is one of the highest national parks in the state. Hiking through the mountain makes you feel like you are on top of the world. The park has the most scenic viewpoints with lakes, streams and mountain range. Rocky Mountain is one of the must to go places for photographers and adventure seekers. Here we have mentioned the top places to visit at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Trail Ridge Road

Trail Ridge Road is one of most popular scenic drives in the United States. The drive gives you an unforgettable experience with some breathtaking views. The road is only open when the road is clear of ice and snow from Memorial Day through mid-October. The road is also known as  Highway to the Sky, as it crosses the Continental Divide at 12,183 feet.

Trail Ridge is the most recommended for drive as it has countless turnouts and sweeping views along the way. The best time to start your drive is early morning. As you start your trip early you get to enjoy the scenery, also watch the amazing sunrise and grazing wildlife.

Emerald Lake Trail

Emerald Lake Trail is a 4.1 miles trail which is rated moderately challenging. The most most activities are hiking and snowshoeing. It takes about 2 hours to complete the trail. The trail rewards you with breathtaking views and the most popular lake view. The lake makes it the best place for relaxing after your hike. 

The hike begins from the Bear Lake Trailhead, located at the end of Bear Lake Road, it is 9 miles from Highway 36. It is a scenic hiking trail through the Tyndall Gorge to Emerald Lake giving you a beautiful hiking experience.

Bear Lake

Bear Lake has lots to offer a little drive, short hike and amazing lake view. To access Bear Lake you need a park pass. The park is located half-mile from the parking lot at the end of Bear lake Road. At the end of the parking lot, you get to see the Bear Lake Ranger Station where you get free tourist information. After a short 0.5 mile walk to the lake, you get stunning views of Hallett Peak and Longs Peak.

Old Fall River Road

Old Fall River Road is a one-way journey which is about 9 miles long. It take one hour to complete the drive but the scenic views and the challenging road might take longer. As you drive along the road you get to see trailheads where you can stop to hike, if you are a photographer this is the best place to capture some stunning pictures. 

The road gives you a chance to take a slow and steady trip through one of Colorado’s scenic high alpine areas. Old Fall River Road is a motor nature trail which gives gives you a breathtaking experience.

Alberta Falls

Alberta Falls is a 1.60 mile out and back trail. It is an easy trail which can take 50 minutes to complete. The trail is very popular for hiking, horseback riding, and snowshoeing. Alberta Falls begins from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead, almost 8 miles from the turn-off at Highway 36. During the peak season Alberta Falls trail is the only spot with less population and it is also easy to reach. If you have time you can also hike up to Mills Lake or The Loch.

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