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Stunning alpine sunsets, colorful mountain air, falling into starry night skies and rugged nature. These elements made the Rocky Mountain National Park a designated National Historic Park in 1972. It is among the most visited of the several parks and forests covering the federal domain in the state of Colorado. Today, it is home to approximately 1,800 plant species and diverse wildlife.
It’s not like every other place where parks are hard to get into: you can come and get away from it all and find calm. The steep trails, shady thickets and petrified forests of the park beckon even those who are not just physically active, but outdoorsy, nature enthusiasts.
If you need proof that Rocky Mountain National Park is a place of deep solitude, a place of scientific interest, or just a place to get away, you can download it into the area of your choice using a link at the bottom of this page, and also see the maps below, which show you where there are nearby parks and forests to relax and explore.
Note that there are other parks in Rocky Mountain National Park, such as Black Mountain, named after a lava flow, in the park’s southern end. From the center of the park s area, you can look toward Black Mountain or toward Crater Lake. You can download their maps here.
Regardless of where you’re traveling, here are maps you can use to see parks, forests and all outdoor spaces nearby.
There are all sorts of activities available in the park, and there are many trailheads, including St. Mary’s, whose access road is called Bear Creek Trailhead.The paved Bear Lake Trail offers you three distinct vantage points, and is much less steep than the uphill options, and Bear Lake is a great place to cool off, bathe in the hot springs that flow out of the mountain, or simply float around in its more shallow areas. There are two campgrounds in the park, back-to-back each other, for more information, go to Rocky Mountain National Park Campgrounds.
How to get there:
Byway 50 is one of the shortest ways to get into the park. There is a main entrance at the east end, which leads to St. Mary’s, there is also another road called Routt National Forest Road, which takes you west into the park, along Bear Creek and toward Bear Lake.
Highway US 550