If there is one great thing about the outdoors, it is the variety. At one place you can have cascading mountains. In another you can have wide open plains. In a third you can see a wet and wild jungle. The diversity is endless. As they say, variety is the spice of life. If you are looking for an article to get you off your feet and moving, then you have come to the right place. Without further ado, I give you, 10 Inspirational Rocky Mountain National Park Pictures and Photos.
Located near the center of the United States in scenic Colorado, this park boasts of spectacular mountain ranges, therapeutic nights, majestic wildlife, romantic wildflowers, and meandering hiking trails. You are sure to get your full dose of Colorado in this splendid park.
Let’s get started.
1. Trail Ridge Road is the Site to See
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This section of the park is well traveled. If you are on a tight time frame, this part is the one you want to see. All you need to do is hop in a car and follow the road as it winds its way through the mountains. You do not even have to get out of your car to work your legs hiking. Just sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery. You are also sure to see plenty of wildlife all along the road to the top.
Take your time and you are sure to enjoy yourself.
2. Bear Lake is just Breathtaking
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How does a dip in this lake sound? If you want to take a swim, then you will have to get there early because this site is quite a popular attraction. The clear blue water is sure to calm you down and put you at ease. If you are into meditation, then sit on one of the 15 or so benches and look across the beautiful waters.
The trail is definitely not difficult. If you are not a ‘pro’ hiker, you will not run into any problems taking a light stroll around the lake’s perimeter.
3. The Emerald Lake Trail Makes for Splendid Hiking
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The trail is challenging, but well worth the effort. If you pace yourself, you will be just fine. You should be aware the trail is quite popular. What can I say? People really enjoy Rocky Mountain National Park. It is a splendid adventure. Unlike the previous trail, you need to be in decent shape to handle the strenuous hills.
If you can handle steepness, then this is the trail for you. On this path you can expect to run into three different lakes along the way. Trust me on this one. You will be grateful you put in the work for this one.
4. The Old Fall River Road is a Pleasant Drive
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The sky may be ominous, but don’t let it fool you. The views are majestic. If you tasted Trail Ridge Road and want more, then this is the another one to fill your belly. As you wind your way along on this meandering mountain path, you gaze across the deep valley into the depths below. Wow. It is quite incredible.
5. Sprague Lake is Another Excellent Body of Water
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Watching the sunrise is a great way to start your day, especially when you’re looking over Sprague Lake. If you can hike but do not want anything too strenuous, then this is a trail you want to seriously consider. The steepness is light and you are sure to get plenty of wonderful views.
If you visit the lake during the evening, then you are sure to run into some wildlife as they take their fill of water before heading off to bed for the night. Moose and elk frequent this lake.
6. Alberta Falls is a Great Place to Stop for a Lunch Break
Now that you’ve made your way through most of this post, it is time for a lunch break. Alberta Falls is a great hiking trail for the whole family. You do have to put in a little work on this trail, but not as much as some others. You are sure to enjoy what the falls have to offer as you munch on your sandwich.
7. You Will Learn a lot at the Alpine Visitor Center
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Colorado gets pretty chilly, so be sure to bring a warm coat. Whenever you visit a national park, you should always make an effort to learn about the place you are visiting. You might not be back again for a while, so you need to make the most of each moment.
It is also cool to learn. I do not know about you, but I quite enjoy reading and learning about the history of an area. It is always nice to keep in your back pocket for those trivia nights at the bar.
8. Chapel on the Rock is Certainly Different
Most parks have breathtaking views and stunning scenery. This park comes with its own church. Can you imagine attending a mass service here? It would be quite nice. Skip church! The real cathedral is outside.
The chapel, though, boasts of simple and elegant stonework sure to take your breath away. Believe it or not, but Pope John Paul II visited this church. If you are Christian, then this is a nice place to stop and reflect for a little while.
9. Another Spot to See is the Alluvial Fan
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When I think of alluvial fans, I generally think of those in deserts. A bunch of water rushes down the mountain side during a flash rain storm to flood the area and you get a nice fan along the hillside. I did not think it could happen in such a cold place, but it can.
In 1982, the Lawn Lake flood created this stunning area. So compared to other parts of the park, this place is a relatively recent addition.
10. Lastly there is Lily Lake for You to Look Over
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Be sure to pack your fishing gear. It is a nice day for drinking beer and catching some big ones. If you are looking for another easy hiking trail, then Lily Lake is the one for you. If you enjoy wildlife, then you are sure to appreciate the muskrats, moose, and ducks that frequent the area.
Are You Looking for a Pair of Hiking Boots?
After I wrote this article, I wanted to pack my bags and check this place out, but I am busy at the moment so I cannot go. If you are thinking about traveling to this park, then you should because it is quite breathtaking.
Before you go though, I have one request of you. If you plan on hitting the trails sometime soon, then I encourage you to check out a previous article, The Best Men’s Lightweight Waterproof Hiking Boots of 2019. (I update these articles annually and they come in women’s sizes). With a solid pair of boots, you can hike for miles and miles on end and rest assured your feet are taken care of. Your feet will appreciate the self-compassion.
If you have any thoughts, questions, or think I missed anything, do not hesitate to comment below and please share this article. Thank you so much and I hope you make it a great day!