If you’re like a lot of RV travelers and you plan your trips around areas where there are lots of things to do, then you can’t go wrong with Rocky Mountain National Park. Not only does this park have the majestic mountains that give it its name, but it also boasts some of the best hiking in the country, skiing and other winter sports, and activities such as rafting and fishing. Every year thousands of travelers pull up in their RV rentals in order to enjoy this beautiful and lively park. If you wish to be one of them, and it’s highly recommended that you do, then check out these top activities that you absolutely must do on your stay.
This is easily one of the top hiking destinations in the entire country, boasting more than 350 miles of trails that take in lake regions, mountain peaks, majestic pine forests, and regions of tundra. The majestic Longs Peak will hover over you no matter which trail you may be on, and experienced hikers can even try to reach it’s 14,000 foot high peak.
While out on the trails or even just around your camp, you will have the opportunity to spot some of the wildlife this region is known for. There are thousands of species who call this park home, including elk, mule deer, marmots, big horn sheep, and even black bear, it’s not uncommon to have your park experience include a wildlife sighting.
Hit The Trail Ridge Road
There is no doubt you’ve seen this road in postcards and photographs. This legendary road connects Estes Park with Grand Lake and has been called nown appropriately as the Highway to the Sky due to its elevation level and majestic scenery.
Check Out The Waterfalls
There are a plethora of waterfalls located throughout the park and their images have become iconic in the lore surrounding this park. Over 30 distinct falls can be found all over the trails, and they are mostly concentrated in the Glacier Gorge and Wild Basin regions. If you really want to see some falls, then check out the Fern Lake trail which will lead you right past at least three massive waterfalls.
Gaze Upon the Mountains
Of course no trip to Rocky Mountain will be complete without getting a good look at the wondrous mountain ranges that gives it its name. This is the main reason travelers come through in their RV rentals, and all it will take is one look to see why. On the north end of the park you have the Mummy Range, on the western border the Never Summer Mountains, and the famous Longs Peak which can be seen from most areas of the park due to its massive size and elevation.
Set Up A tent
This is some of the best camping in the country, so take a night to leave the comforts of your RV behind and hit the wilderness for an experience you won’t soon forget. There are five drive-in campsites inside the park, and just outside the park’s borders you have dozens of places to pitch a tent, and experienced campers can hike a few miles into the wilderness to sleep under the stars.
Take Advantage Of A Tour
Of course an experienced camper will want to head out exploring on their own, but even for learned travelers a guided tour will be helpful to learn about the history and terrain of this park. There are many tours offered all throughout the park where you can explore a new area, learn the culture of the park and its rich history, and head out wildlife spotting with an experienced guide who will be able to lead you right to where the animals are known to roam.
Just a couple of miles from the park’s borders, in the tiny mountain town of Estes Park, sits this allegedly haunted hotel which served as the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining. You can spend a night in one of the rooms, take a haunted tour, or just gaze upon the infamous exterior. Just watch out for the twins!
There are many reasons thousands of travelers come through Rocky Mountain National Park in their RV rentals each year and in every season. Whether you’re looking to head out on the trails, check out some unbelievable waterfalls, or just bask in the alpine beauty of this legendary park, there is no doubt that this will be one of the top trips of your traveling life. Just based on the sheer amount of things to do and see, there will be a little something to enjoy for you and all of your traveling companions. Make sure to keep Rocky Mountain Park near the top of your bucket list.