7 Things To See In Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is an awesome place to visit for your summer vacation or for a quick hiking trip. I've hiked to peaks, lakes, waterfalls and other attractions within the national park boundaries. From those experiences, I'll offer up these 7 things you have to see in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park View from Trail Ridge Road. Photo by Mark Byzweski


1. Trail Ridge Road - Drive to an elevation of 12,183 feet above sea level and take in the views. With over 11 miles of the road at an elevation above 11,500 feet you'll have an amazing view of the Rocky Mountains.

Alluvial Fan View from the base of the Alluvial Fan. Photo by Andy Hawbaker


2. The Alluvial Fan - This amazing wash out caused by the eruption of the Lawn Lake Dam provides your family with a quick hike to small waterfalls and fantastic views of the valley. Keep your eyes open for elk; they're all over this valley.

Longs Peak Longs Peak. Photo by Andy Hawbaker


3. Longs Peak - Climb this popular 14,259-foot peak, one of Colorado's 14ers. This challenging climb is worth the effort but plan ahead and know what you're getting into. If you aren't up for this 15-mile round trip hike, try Estes Cone, another great hike from this same parking lot. (Bagging Longs Peak is suitable only as a planned trek and with seasoned hikers. It's challenging!)

Ouzel Falls Ouzel Falls. Photo by Steven Bratman


4. Ouzel Falls - This family hike takes you to a rewarding waterfall. It's a beautiful forested hike in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park. Be sure to stop at Calypso Cascades on the way for another cool spot to hang out by the water.

Shadow Mountain Lookout Tower Shadow Mountain Lookout Tower. Photo by Christine Warner Hawks


5. The Shadow Mountain Overlook Tower - The lookout tower, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the last of four fire detection towers built in the park. Take in the history and the beautiful views on this hike.

Andrews Glacier Andrews Tarn and Andrews Glacier. Photo by daveynin


6. Andrews Glacier - This 9.3 mile round-trip hike gives you an amazing trip through Glacier Gorge. You'll see amazing geologic sites, beautiful lakes and you'll avoid the crowds of the Bear Lake area. The final destination is one of Rocky Mountain National Park's largest, most active and accessible glaciers.

big meadow Big Meadow. Photo by Andy Hawbaker


7. Big Meadows - This area makes a great backdrop for family photos and offers up a great opportunity for a moose sighting.

There is a lot to see in Rocky Mountain National Park, what did we miss? Tell us what else there is to do in Rocky Mountain National Park. 
You may also want to check out these Top 5 Day Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park and Top 4 Mountain Climbs in RMNP.

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Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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