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Rocky Mountain National Park,Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park’s 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments

Rocky Mountain National Park,Colorado
FORDF250HDXLT, Apr 11, 2017
      The history of Rocky Mountain National Park began when Paleo-Indians traveled along what is now Trail Ridge Road to hunt and forage for food.[10][11] Ute and Arapaho people subsequently hunted and camped in the area.[12][13] In 1820, the Long Expedition, led by Stephen H. Long for whom Longs Peak was named, approached the Rockies via the Platte River.[14][15] Settlers began arriving in the mid-1800s,[16] displacing the Native Americans who mostly left the area voluntarily by 1860,[17] while others were removed to reservations by 1878.[13]

      The park contains a network of trails that range from easy, paved paths suitable for all visitors including those with disabilities, to strenuous mountain trails for experienced, conditioned hikers as well as off-trail routes for backcountry hikes. Most trails are for summer use only, since at other times of the year many trails are not safe due to weather conditions.[74] The park provides dozens of designated backcountry campsites and horseback riding is permitted on most trails.[75] Llamas and other pack animals are also allowed on most of the trails.[76]

      Longs Peak seen from Dream Lake trail

      Rock climbing and mountaineering opportunities include Lumpy Ridge,[77] Hallett Peak, and Longs Peak, the highest peak in the park, with the easiest route being the Keyhole Route. This 8 mi (13 km) one-way climb has an elevation gain of 4,850 ft (1,480 m). The vast east face, including the area known as The Diamond, is home to many classic big wall rock climbing routes. Many of the highest peaks have technical ice and rock routes on them, ranging from short scrambles to long multi-pitch climbs.[citation needed]

      Fishing is found in the many lakes and streams in the park,[75] and camping is allowed at several designated campgrounds.[78]

      During the winter, only the edges of the park are accessible for recreational activities since most of Trail Ridge Road is closed due to heavy snow.[47] Winter activities include snowshoeing and cross-country skiing which are possible from either the Estes Park or Grand Lake entrances. On the east side near Estes Park, skiing and snowshoeing trails are available off Bear Lake Road, such as the Bear Lake, Bierstadt Lake, and Sprague Lake trails and at Hidden Valley. Slopes for sledding are also available at Hidden Valley. The west side of the park near Grand Lake also has viable snowshoeing trails.[47][79] Backcountry-style Telemark skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed after climbing up one of the higher slopes, late in the snow season after avalanche danger has subsided.[80]

      Rocky Mountain National Park - Wikipedia

      Rocky Mountain National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

      The mountain road goes unplowed in the winter but they do plow out up a ways to a nice scenic turnout so it's not all closed.Lots to see down below and this is one of those places where I felt the scenery was best viewed from the bottom up rather than in most cases it's nice to get up high and look down.I was woken by coyotes in the morning.Little buggers are active all the time here apparently.Though this is a great park and everything,the whole surrounding area in Colorado is just as beautiful.I suppose they had to preserve an area somewhere which is of course vital. Just don't expect to get into a place that differs much from outside the park like is most often the case surrounding most of America's National Parks.You will see landscape that rivals the parks for hours of driving outside the park.So enjoy the whole area!
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