Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Rocky Mountain - National Park of the Week #6

Rocky Mountain National Park
Location: Northern Colorado, 80 mi. NW of Denver
Area: 275,761 acres
Major Attractions: 72 peaks over 12,000 ft., high alpine lakes, tundra, the Continental Divide
Miles of Trail:  300+
My Favorite Parts: Marmots, Swimming in cold lakes after backpacking
Getting There: Drive west on 34 or 36 from Estes Park to reach the main entrances.

Named for a mountain range that spans the continent, Rocky Mountain National Park always feels smaller than it should be.  It is way down the list of national parks ranked by size, and this can make finding a longer backpacking route a little tricky.  The park does have lots of great day hikes and some longer trails that leave the park.  The mountains and high alpine lakes are the main attraction here and they can be enjoyed all seasons of the year.

Thunder Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park Cabin
Thunder Lake

Path to Continental Divide, Rocky Mountain National Park, Thunder Lake
"Path" to the Pass - Continental Divide

Bighorn Sheep near Continental Divide - By Rob Waeger

Fishing Thunder Lake, Forest Fire Smoke, Rocky Mountain National Park
Thunder Lake

Smoke over Thunder Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Johnnie Chamberlin
Smoke over Thunder Lake
Johnnie Chamberlin Handstand Rocky Mountain National Park by Katharyn Daniel
Trails of Arkansas Doing a Handstand - By Katharyn Daniel

Icicles Rocky Mountain National Park by Katharyn Daniel

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