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With flat, 14,000-foot Longs Peak towering over massive mountains, meadows, lakes, and wilderness, the 265,000-acre Rocky Mountain National Park is one of Colorado's best-known wilderness attractions. The park has 359 miles of well-kept trails, endless nooks and crannies for the three million hikers, rock climbers, campers, and picnickers who visit every year, and plenty of clean mountain air for everyone. Elk, deer, coyotes, eagles, and many other kinds of wildlife are everywhere, and Coloradoans go out of their way to gaze upon the rows of summer wildflowers. Established as a national park in 1915, the area formed tens of thousands of ...

With flat, 14,000-foot Longs Peak towering over massive mountains, meadows, lakes, and wilderness, the 265,000-acre Rocky Mountain National Park is one of Colorado's best-known wilderness attractions. The park has 359 miles of well-kept trails, endless nooks and crannies for the three million hikers, rock climbers, campers, and picnickers who visit every year, and plenty of clean mountain air for everyone. Elk, deer, coyotes, eagles, and many other kinds of wildlife are everywhere, and Coloradoans go out of their way to gaze upon the rows of summer wildflowers. Established as a national park in 1915, the area formed tens of thousands of years ago when active volcanoes and moving glaciers left mountains, valleys, and tundra behind. The easiest way to get into Rocky Mountain National Park is Trail Ridge Road (U.S. 34), a paved, 48-mile highway that peaks at 12,183 feet and rises dramatically above the trees, straight into 11 miles of alpine tundra that often includes unexpected patches of snow.

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Steve Knopper is the Denver-based author of Moon Handbooks Colorado as well as a contributor to numerous Fodor's city guides.

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  • Location: A National Park located in the north-central region of Colorado in the Rocky Mountains north of Boulder, Colorado.
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Anytime — weather is usually mild in spring, summer and fall