Rocky Mountain National Park has some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the United States. The park is filled with snow-capped mountain peaks with tiny lakes nestled in the valleys between them, and gushing waterfalls cascading down their side.

The park is a hiker’s paradise and you can do anything from short flat strolls to long mountain treks. It is also teeming with wildlife and the elk rut in the fall is especially impressive!

Rocky Mountain National Park Travel Guide

Rocky Mountain National Park at a glance

State: Colorado

Main attractions: Mountains, lakes, waterfalls

Best time to go: Summer-fall

Hotels/ Airbnbs: There are no lodges inside the park, but plenty of accommodation options in Grand Lake (west side of the park) and Estes park (the more popular east side of the park)

Campgrounds: There are five campgrounds inside the park

Dining: Grand Lake and Estes Park

Shuttle: Yes (free) in summer


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About the Author 

James Ian Yosemite

James Ian is a national park, camping and hiking expert.

He has dedicated his life to travel, visiting more than 80 countries, all 7 continents and all of the main national parks in the United States. With over 35 years experience in the travel industry, James has worked on cruise ships, at resorts and hotels, and as a travel planner who’s helped hundreds of people plan successful trips to US national parks. 

Based on his experience visiting our national parks multiple times, in-depth research and expertise as a travel planner, James has published detailed itineraries for most of the major national parks in the US. These itineraries, as well as in-depth park guides, comprehensive camping and hiking gear reviews and buying guides, and helpful packing lists and gift guides will help you have your own incredible trip to US national parks without stress and hassle.

As a national park expert, James has contributed to many publications, including Time Business News, Savoteur, Best Trip, and Wired.

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