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Enjoy the Great Outdoors While Colorado Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park is a beautiful and remote park located in the Rockies. It is a wonderfully diverse park with wooded tundras, beautiful lakes, majestic mountains, and a wide variety of plants and animals. The Continental Divide separates the park into two distinct areas. The eastern side of the park is drier, with glaciated mountains peaks, while the western side is wetter, lusher, and covered with deep forests. With majestic views, diverse landscapes, plenty of activities, and wonderful wildlife viewing, Rocky Mountain National Park is a great Colorado camping destination.
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Rocky Mountain National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There is a $20 entrance fee which is good for seven days. $40 gets you an annual Rocky Mountain National Park pass, while an inter-agency annual pass that will get you into most national parks costs $80.
Due to the varying elevations within the park, the weather varies, too. The weather tends to be more moderate below 9,400’. The higher elevations tend to be much cooler, and it can even snow in July! Also, the Continental Divide, the two sides of the park has distinct climates. Winter is December through March, and the lower eastern elevations don’t usually get heavy snow. Higher elevations, however, have far more arctic conditions. Blizzards, strong winds and deep snow are common. The west side of the park has more snow, less wind, and clear cold winter days. Spring begins in April and runs into May. Snow is still common, and the weather is unpredictable. The lower elevations are filled with blooming spring flowers by late April or early May while the spring doesn’t reach the higher elevations until June. Summer is June through August. July and August are the hottest months, reaching up into the high 80’s. However, it’s not uncommon for temperatures to drop below freezing at night. Wildflowers reach the higher elevations by June. Thunderstorms are common, so be prepared for all kinds of weather. Fall begins in September and ends in November. September and October tend to be clear, crisp and dry. Early snow storms may occur. The leaves begin to change color mid September. Depending on the activities you enjoy most, the park is an excellent Colorado camping destination year round.
Four hundred and sixteen miles of wilderness offer a wide variety of activities, from hiking, mountain climbing, biking, wildlife viewing, winter skiing, snow shoeing, fishing, beautiful scenic drives, and of course, camping. There are 355 miles of hiking trails, ranging from flat lakeside walks to steep mountain climbs. There are hikes that take you by waterfalls, through forests and along designated trails or off into the wilderness. Due to the changes in elevation, it is important to take some precautions, such as drinking plenty of fluids and watching out for signs of altitude sickness. It can take weeks to fully adjust to higher elevations. The most popular scenic drive is Trail Ridge Road. The road is closed during the winter, as snow makes it impassable. It opens up late spring or early summer. Trail Ridge Road travels across the park, crossing the Continental Divide, moving up into the mountains and back down again. It is a beautiful way to see the diversity of the park’s land, plant life, and wild life. Camping is open year round, although winter camping may be better left to the more rugged and adventurous campers.
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Regardless of what you prefer to do when in nature, Rocky Mountain National Park has plenty to offer, and plenty to choose from.
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