Rocky Mountain National Park Guided Tours
Guided Tours of Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park seems to have it all: dramatic mountain peaks, cold and clear alpine lakes, Colorado sunshine, diverse plant and wildlife, and starry night skies. It is the ultimate playground for all outdoor enthusiasts. Those wanting to stay on the frontcountry have an unlimited amount of trails to choose from, those wanting solitude can head deep into the backcountry on a backpacking adventure, and those wanting to climb have plenty of peak faces to grab a hold of.
The Rocky Mountains are the backbone of America, and a walk along the Continental Divide Trail is a must when visiting this national park. This area in the high mountains separates the rivers that flow down to the plains and into the Mississippi river, on to the Gulf of Mexico, and to the West, they flow out to the mighty Colorado – the lifeblood of the American Southwest.
In the park there are 78 summits above 12,000 feet, and Long’s Peak, standing at 14,259 feet, claims the title for the only peak above 14,000 feet in the park. A great attribute of the park is that visitors don’t have to work (too) hard to see the beauty of the park. There are options for scenic drives – such as the park’s highway to the sky – Trail Ridge Road, or easy strolls around Bear or Sprague Lakes (each less than 1 mile around). Hikers can choose to do short or long, leisurely or grueling day hikes, but a backpacking trip in the park is perfect for those who have the time to spend in the wilderness and the energy to hike to greater heights – like up to the iconic Long’s Peak.
In June and July, the Rockies’ wildflower season, visitors will love the splash of color carpeting the meadows and hillsides. Summer brings out the wildlife – so stay on the lookout for moose, marmot, and even black bear! Permanent snowfields sitting at the base of dramatic jagged peaks are a sight for sore eyes when hiking the trails of Rocky Mountain National Park this time of year. Fall brings cooler temperatures, a hue of golden-orange sweeping over the aspen trees, and frequent elk sightings and bugles (mating calls) as it is mating season. Those willing to embrace the winter temperatures will find there are plenty of activities to do even with snow on the ground including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing, and sledding with the kids!