Nature lovers are in their element this time of year, when parks and trails are fully open to the public. June sees a surge of adventurers, backpackers, and families of all ages streaming into America’s national parks in order to witness our country’s parklands at their most beautiful. In Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, the last of the remaining tree buds have opened, butterflies and birds have returned from migration, wildflowers flourish across its meadows, and newborn animals begin to emerge with their mothers. The Rockies are known for being one of the best parks for wildlife spotting, but visitors aren’t limited to flora and fauna. Nearby Estes Park is favorite mountain town getaway for its rustic cabin rentals, year-round festivals, and unbeatable proximity to one of America’s great landscapes.
In 2015, Rocky Mountain National Park celebrated the park’s 100th Anniversary. Plan an adventure and witness the natural beauty that has been preserved for more than 100 years.
In 1909, naturalist Enos Mills wrote about the area that is now Rocky Mountain National Park, “In years to come when I am asleep beneath the pines, thousands of families will find rest and hope in this park.”
More than a century later, his prediction has come true – and then some. Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) is one of the most popular attractions in Colorado, drawing three million annual visitors to its 416 square miles of mountain beauty.
The wilderness area includes 359 miles of hiking trails, 150 lakes, 60 mountains taller than 12,000 feet, and the opportunity to see elk, bighorn sheep, and moose. In 2014, National Geographic named Rocky Mountain National Park as one of its best trips in the world.
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