|Rocky Mountain National Park in Winter|
|RMNP Lawn Lake|
|RMNP Alpine Wildflowers|
|RMNP Never Summer Mountains|
Road bicycling in the park is good (if you are careful). The surrounding National Forests provide miles of off-road riding and the Colorado mountains have excellent road bicycling.
Plan on lots of people visiting the park with you. RMNP have averaged over 3 million park visitors each year, most arriving during the three summer months.
Even with all those visitors, you can still enjoy a peaceful trip in the park by backpacking a few miles in from the trail head. This list of all 80 trails in the park will provide you with enough miles to hike most of the summer.
Do read about the trails that were damaged by the 2013 floods. Most of the roads and trail access should be open by this summer, but there are a few areas that are not yet restored. If you have questions about a trail, call the parks Information Office at 970-586-1206.
|RMNP Alluvial Falls|
You will need a bear-proof container to store your food as it is required for protection of the black bears in the park. The one I am looking at is the Bare Box Contender for my short trips, and big thanks to Section Hiker for such a good product evaluation.
For permit-planning, here is a RMNP brochure that will answer all your questions. There are also many trail guides, maps and other material available about the park. Check out these pages from the Rocky Mountain Conservancy shop or search online for Rocky Mountain National Park at Amazon.
|RMNP Trail to Longs Peak|
For permits (required for backpacking) call the Backcountry Office at 970-586-1242.