Rocky Mountain National Park Activities

Rocky Mountain National Park is located in the north central part of Colorado. The park features incredible mountain views and a wide variety of terrain from wooded forests to rocky peaks. The Rocky Mountains' vast territory of land and water is filled with spectacular scenery, diverse wildlife and many natural structures like rockfalls and waterfalls. The varied terrain provides many outdoor activity choices for the visitor.


According to the National Park Service, Rocky Mountain National Park has 355 miles of trails.

Hike to a spectacular waterfall, backpack into a picturesque alpine lake or climb to the top of a peak such as 14,259-foot Long's Peak. Before you set out on a trail, check the avalanche bulletin and reports. Be aware of weather conditions, and never hike alone. Steer clear of trails marked with avalanche signs.

Rock Climbing

Rocky Mountain National Park offers a variety of rock-climbing opportunities. The numerous peaks and granite formations provide plenty of opportunity to sport climb, boulder, ice climb, big wall climb and mountaineer. While Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is home to some of the classic long alpine rock climbs in the United States, its glaciated valleys also offer a lot of excellent bouldering. 


Sport fishing is permitted in many of the park's alpine lakes and mountain streams. You can find a variety of trout species in the alpine lakes along with the park's native greenback cutthroat and Colorado River cutthroat trout. A Colorado fishing license is required for all individuals over the age of 16 to fish in the park.

Scenic Drives

Take a scenic drive from the lowland meadows and valleys to the highlands of the park. Drive through alpine forests and alongside mountain streams to gain amazing panoramas at over 12,000 feet.

Winter Activities

Explore the snow-covered Rockies on cross-country skis or snowshoes. Take a ranger-led tour to get started with the basics of snowshoeing.


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