United States Rocky Mountain NP

50 spots Public

Erik Stensland

Rocky Mountain National Park is the third most visited national park in the United States and with good reason. This 415 sq. mile park has 60 mountains over 12,000 feet (3650m), 350 miles of hiking trails, hundreds of mountain lakes and abundant wildlife. Over a third of the park is above tree line. Here you will find a tundra environment similar to that found above the Arctic Circle. There is so much beauty to photograph here you may not want to leave.

In late June and early July you may find wildflowers blooming in the lower meadows and in the alpine tundra. In late September and early October the aspen trees turn vibrant yellow while bull elk fill the air with the sound of their bugles. In February and March the mountains are covered in a thick blanket of snow.

To enter Rocky Mountain National Park you will need to have your own vehicle and you will need to purchase an entry pass at the entrance station. These run about $30 per vehicle for a week’s access. The park is open all year round and does not close at night so you can head into the park at any time. As much as possible, try to stick to the trails and if you head off trail try to walk on durable surfaces such as rocks and dirt rather than on vegetation. Do not enter any area that is marked as a “restoration area”. In the national park it is not permitted to approach wildlife or to take anything you find out of the park.

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