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Raymond C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Enjoyed our day in the park, to roads are distorted and I need of major repairs... the Marien camp ground was under construction looks to be done next some didn't see any workers repairing the roads Bad bad bad road conditions
Written 19 September 2023
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Al wil
Charleston, SC3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Fly into Denver, drive to Loveland, stay in Estes, seethe elk in downtown Estes, watch a meteor shower, drive to Rocky mountain national Park, drive above the clouds, see Mountain Sheep, close your eyes, remember the experience.
Written 13 August 2023
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Cynthia & Jorge
Orlando, FL201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This place is beautiful and the higher you go the view and the weather keeps getting better. Definitely pack some snacks and drinks. Fill up your car Gas tank as you won’t find gas stations.

Bring good binoculars, cold weather gear for high altitude temps as it get really cold.

Keep your distance on wild animals as you don’t want to end up in the hospital
Written 23 July 2023
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cheryl s
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We took the Old Fall River dirt road, and it was amazing. We got caught in an Elk jam with a momma and her 1 year old son in front of us. Gave her plenty of time and space to not startle them over the rocky, steep edge. Gorgeous scenery and lots of wildlife. Moose, elk, mule deer, etc.
Written 3 August 2022
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Minh N
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
We drove here from Arkansas only to learn that we need a reservation to enter the park. That is fine if we did not learn it before. However, as we were old by a guy at the gate and some signs placed there that a reservation is needed to enter between 9am-3pm, we came back at 3 pm to be allowed to buy a pass but not to enter Bear Lake area. Then we were told to make a reservation again to visit Bear Lake area. This is very disappointing.
Written 2 August 2022
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Sunshine&Coastlines
Florida300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
We don’t usually travel to the same place more than once as this is a big ol world. We had, however, enjoyed our first visit to RMNP so much that we decided to come back a second time. The park is absolutely breathtaking! No photo or video you will ever see will do it justice, it’s something you must see for yourself. Be sure to take Old Fall River Road to the top if you’re not afraid of heights!, it’s unmatched!
Written 24 July 2022
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sanju_222323
New Jersey14,180 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
With lofty mountain peaks, hiking trails that lead to alpine lakes and waterfalls, wildlife, and a scenic drive along one of the highest roads in the USA, Rocky Mountain National Park is a joy to explore. 350-some miles- Hiking is the main attraction at Rocky Mountain National Park, so make sure to come prepared with sturdy and comfortable shoes or boots to make the most of popular trails, such as Bear Lake and Emerald Lake Trail. OR if you are more slightly more adventurous then Old Fall River Road is for you.

We did not have much time, so we only did trail ridge road and on the way, we have come across many overlooks (such as Many Parks Curve Overlook, Rainbow Curve, Forest Canyon Overlook, Rock Cut, Gore Range Overlook, and Medicine Bow Curve) offering a great view of this fantastic Rocky mountains.

Rocky Mountain National Park isn't the country's largest national park, I guess it is nor is it the most-frequented with about 4 million annual visitors (compared to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park's more than 12 million visitors). But there is something definitively magical about RMNP, which rises 14,259 feet into the Colorado sky at its highest point, Longs Peak.

The main attraction is hiking the park's 350-some miles of trails that wind through pine and spruce forests, glittering alpine lakes, swaths of wildflowers, and if you're lucky, some elk or bighorn sheep.

in my opinion: The best time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park is from June to September when the snow is (mostly) melted and the hiking trails and attractions are accessible.

Few helpful data:

Hours - Open 24x7x365
Fee: $30/vehicle (July-2022)
Area: 265,000 acres
Written 16 July 2022
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DIRECTORACE
California46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
The Rocky Mountain national Park is so beautiful majestic and close to the town of Estes Park Colorado we stayed along the river near Estes Park so we were close to the entrance and each night we would go a few miles down the road to view wildlife in the park we saw plenty of moose,elk, coyotes, big horn sheep and deer every day or evening. The park is well-maintained and taking the road through to Grand Lake Colorado was so incredible to drive above the tree line across. It takes a couple hrs if you stop here and there at overlooks. There is a large visitor center at the top about halfway which has a café and a large store the views are incredible there too with the grand snowcapped mountains. The air is thinner but if you spend a few days in Estes Park before heading into the higher elevation you should be OK. Drink plenty of water take your time. The small town of grand Lake is very cute and welcoming with plenty of restaurants and make sure you visit the Adams Falls which is a short hike at the edge of town. Another side note we saw Moose at Sprague Lake inside the park near the Bear Lake area and also by the entrance the fall River Road and by grand Lake.
Written 1 July 2022
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Colleen C
Troy, NY2,194 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Loved every inch of this National Park that we were able to see ~ with that being said we visited this park during the middle of April and 3/4 of the 'Trail Ridge Road' which bring you from the east entrance (Estes Park) to the south entrance and past the Grand Lake.

We were hoping that this section of the road would have been passable by the time we arrived but the Snow had other plans! We were able to go south from the Estes entrance and visit Bear Lake. We were able to park here and hike ON the lake ~ the trail was too covered in snow to hike it and the lake was completely hardened ~ park ranger told us where and how to hike on the lake !

It definitely made our visit a lot quicker that we wanted it ~ but the park was so beautiful that it left us wanting more ~ hoping we can do it again during the summer months!
Written 28 April 2022
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Jayjay099
Cartersville, GA613 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
Drove up from Georgia to visit parks:) Have seen 14 so far:) Did NOT know of the reservation process, that’s on me I guess😳 Haven’t needed a reservation at any other park🤔 A Ranger told me the reason for the reservation process, to control crowds. Yet, come 3pm they release the Kraken and let everyone in👀 So what does this accomplish🤔 A total cluster! Pulling over areas are a mess and just about every stop was full🤫 Bathrooms, full🤫 Had cars doing u-turns in roads because of the mess😮 Beautiful park, stunning views, poor planning, but expected this from the government when making this kind of decisions😂 WHAT they really hope when telling you that you need a reservation is that you go away🤫 Think of the person who comes in the morning hours only to be told you can’t come into the park till 3:00pm🤬 President Teddy Roosevelt just turned over in his grave😳
Written 27 September 2021
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