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The Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado makes a great vacation destination. Beautiful rental houses, condos, and cabins are available for your stay in the area. These properties contain many extras to make you comfortable in your surroundings. Perks such as hot tubs, outdoor grills, internet access, and cable television.
With over 355 trails, those new to hiking and those who have extensive hiking experience will find a trail to suit them. Trails such as the one around Bear Lake or past Adams Falls are perfect for novice hikers. Both are relatively short at less than a mile, and both are on mostly flat terrain. Other trails involve mountainous climbs and longer distances for those who are physically fit and experienced at such hiking. The Bluebeard Lake Trail, for example, is six miles long with an elevation gain of 2478 feet. Each trail, however, has scenic highlights and beautiful nature to explore.
Many people enjoy fishing while visiting this area. With over 50 lakes plus many streams, the choices of locations are numerous. While fishing is permitted in the park, you must make sure to have a Colorado fishing license to do so. Additionally, there are some rules to follow to keep the fish population growing. You can learn about the fishing regulations by visiting one of two Visitors Centers in the park. Some areas provide catch and release fishing while others are regular fishing spots. Whichever you choose, you are sure to have a great time while enjoying nature’s beauty.
Scenic drives are encouraged in the park. Trail Ridge Road provides an excellent opportunity for amazing views. It is a 48 mile scenic road from Estes Park to Grand Lake. You will rise over 12,000 feet, and, for 12 miles, you will be driving over the tree line. Along the way, you will be able to see much wildlife, including elk, moose, and many others.
The weather in the Rocky Mountain National Park really depends on where you are located and what the elevation is. Summer time in lower elevations can see temperatures reach the 70s or 80s during the day, but it may drop into the 40s at night. Higher elevations can see snow even in the summer. Wintertime sees snow, high winds, and surprise blizzards at the higher elevations. Lower elevations have areas that see only a little snow and others that see more. The air is cold, with temperatures in the 30s and 40s. Spring is very unpredictable and is sometimes warm, but sometimes quite cold. Snowstorms can occur through April and even into May. Fall is generally dry with cool, crisp air. It may begin snowing as early as October. For the best weather to hike or go sightseeing, summer is the ideal time to visit the Rocky Mountain National Park.
Getting to the Rocky Mountain National Park by car is common and easy to do. Some people choose to rent cars, so they do not put their personal cars through excess wear and tear, especially on the mountainous roads. The nearest airport to the vicinity is the Denver International Airport. One can then rent a car or take a shuttle to area attractions or to their rental properties. Those who choose to travel by rail can get off at the Granby Station. The scenery in this area is sure to impress you, no matter how you get there.