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416 square miles of wilderness. 265,769 acres of serenity. 355 miles of hiking trails. 476 miles of streams, creeks, and rivers. 14,000-foot peaks with 7,500-foot valleys. Just looking at the numbers, there’s no doubt that Rocky Mountain National Park is awe-inspiring. Browse some of our unique Rocky Mountain National Park stories here, then create your own.

100 Reasons to Love RMNP

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In 2015, our beloved Rocky Mountain National Park turned 100 years old. We wanted to celebrate in our own way, celebrating 100 activities and things to do as the reasons we love this side of the park and its surroundings. 1. Stopping by the Kawuneeche Visitors Center inside the western entrance to the park to get your bearings with their three-dimensional map.2. Driving from Grand Lake over Trail Ridge…

5 Grand Facts about RMNP

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Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the best things about Grand County. Just five minutes from Grand Lake, the Park is like our 265,000-acre backyard. We're so proud of the park that we wanted to share some of the grand facts about our pride and joy. It's well-known that elk can be found elegantly striding through the entirety of Rocky Mountain National Park, but it's a lesser-known fact that moose…

6 Secret Places of RMNP

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Rocky Mountain National Park is a popular tourist destination, but visiting from the Western Gateway is much less crowded, and you can even access some quieter, secret places in the park.

Elk Bugling

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Elk Bugling is one of the top fall sights in Grand County's corner of Rocky Mountain National Park. From mid-September through mid-October and sometimes into November, it is elk breeding season. During this time, visitors can see up to hundreds of elk at a time gather amidst the unbeatable Rocky Mountain scenery for an unforgettable sight. Elk are the largest, most abundant animals in Rocky Mountain…

Fall on the West Side of RMNP

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Rocky Mountain National Park is a remarkable place year round, but its beauty is exceptionally radiant in the fall months. From August through October (always weather-dependant in unpredictable Colorado), the changing of the season becomes visually apparent as the colors transition in the aspen trees and some of the 900 other plant species that thrive in the Park. Another sight and sound of nature is…

Geocaching Across the Divide

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The Across the Divide GeoTour features Rocky Mountain National Park and the mountain villages of Estes Park & Grand Lake.

Winter Activities in RMNP

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As the first flakes of snow start to fall in the high country, Rocky Mountain National Park turns into a winter wonderland. The chilly conditions drive many casual tourists away, leaving ample room for the real winter enthusiasts to roam around the park and take advantage of the open space and fresh packs. There's so much to do this winter in Rocky Mountain National Park, so make sure you check off…