Rocky Mountain National Park

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Rocky Mountain National Park, in Colorado, offers a majestic mountain landscape, alpine lakes, and diverse wildlife. With its soaring peaks and verdant valleys, it epitomizes mountain grandeur.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Colorado
Area: 265,461 acres (1,074.28 sq km) – 26th largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Longs Peak – 14,259 ft (4346.14 m)
Lowest Elevation: Big Thompson River – 7,630 ft (2325.62 m)
Date Established: January 26, 1915
Annual Visitors: 4,300,424 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Grand Lake, Colorado

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

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🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Rocky Mountain National Park.

  1. Scenic drives along the Trail Ridge Road
  2. Wildlife viewing, especially elk and bighorn sheep
  3. Snowshoeing with ranger-led tours in winter
  4. Horseback riding through mountain meadows
  5. Attending evening ranger talks on park ecology

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Rocky Mountain National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Rocky Mountain National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Rocky Mountain National Park

After hiking and exploring Rocky Mountain National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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