Rocky Mountain National Park
SeasonThe National Park is open throughout the year. The Trail Ridge Road is open from the end of May to October. The park is particularly beautiful in spring (June). Most visitors come in July and August. The country is at its most colorful in early autumn (September). There are excellent winter sports facilities.Situation and topographyThe Rocky Mountain National Park, 2.5 hours' drive northwest of Denver, includes within its confines the Continental Divide (Watershed), formed by the main ridge of the Rocky Mountains, which on the east side fall abruptly down to the Great Plains in the Front Range.
This drive through Rocky Mountain National Park runs through lovely scenery, following an old Indian trail.
The scenic Bear Lake Road, with mountains and lakes, leads past Moraine Park, Glacier Basin, and on to Bear Lake.
Rocky Mountain - Old Fall River Road
The unsurfaced Old Fall River Road runs up from Fall River Entrance Station in a northwesterly direction to the Visitor Center at Fall River Pass, passing Horseshoe Park, the Sheep Lakes and the wild Chasm Falls.
Rocky Mountain - State Route 7
State Route 7 runs along the southeastern edge of the National Park.From Estes Park, it leads south to the Lily Lake Visitor Center, the Twin Sisters Peak and Longs Peak trailheads, and the Wild Basin Ranger Station.
Lily Lake Visitor Center
The Lily Lake Visitor Center has exhibits on the Longs Peak area of Rocky Mountain National Park. The mile-long trail to the lake has wildflowers in the spring and early summer.
Twin Sisters Peak
From a trailhead off SR 7, south of the Lily Lake Visitor, there is a strenuous hike to Twin Sisters Peak (11,428 ft), from which there are excellent views of Longs Peak.
Wild Basin Ranger Station
The Wild Basin Ranger Station is located in the eastern section of Rocky Mountain National Park, at the end of a short road from Highway 7. There is a trailhead for several hikes into the mountains.
There is a 12 mile round trip hike to Bluebird Lake that that follows Bluebird Creek in Rocky Mountain National Park. In the summer, the lake is surrounded by wildflowers.
Snowbank Lake can be reached via a 16 mile round trip hike from the Wild Basin Ranger Station in Rocky Mountain National Park. The strenuous route has an elevation change of 3,021 feet.
Calypso Cascades Trail
The Calypso Cascades are a moderately strenuous, 3.6 mile round trip hike from the Wild Basin Ranger Station in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Copeland Falls Trail
Copeland Falls are a short, 0.3 mile walk from the Wild Basin Ranger Station in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Lion Lake Trails
From the Wild Basin Ranger Station in Rocky Mountain National Park, there are two hiking trails that lead to Lion Lake. Both are between 14 and 15 miles round trip.
Ouzel Falls Trail
The hike to Ouzel Falls climbs 950 feet from the Wild Basin Ranger Station in Rocky Mountain National Park. The round trip distance is 5.4 miles.
Grand Lake - East Inlet Trailhead
Grand Lake - North Inlet Trailhead
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