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Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Estes Park, United States

Admire the USA's most iconic mountains

Rejoice in the crisp air and panoramic vistas at the top of the world in Rocky Mountain National Park, which comprises 107,000 hectares of some of the most dramatic, high-altitude scenery on Earth. As its name suggests, this is a park of peaks – multiple 4,000-plus-meter peaks, in fact – linked by winding roads and 483 kilometers of trails and bisected by the Continental Divide. A favorite of mountaineers, skiers, hikers and ordinary day trippers, Rocky Mountain is rightfully one of the most popular parks in the National Park Service system.

Elemental forces of sky and earth still shape this stunning National Park. Wetlands in lower elevations of the park contain lush plant life and dense wildlife. As you move higher, the landscape gives way to evergreen forests and high mountain lakes. Topping out on the alpine tundra reveals a harsh land where life nestles close to the ground in one of the earth's most extreme environments.

The park features about 570 kilometers of hiking trails that lead to the park’s splendid backcountry of meadows, surging streams, waterfalls and some of the park’s 150 lakes. The Continental Divide Trail, one of the country’s most important long-distance treks spanning nearly 5,000 kilometers from the border of Canada to the border of Mexico, threads the park from north to south. Wildlife abounds, from elk, moose and bighorn sheep (the park’s unofficial emblem) to the elusive mountain lions, bears and coyotes, and different wildflowers bloom every month from May through July.

Summer is a great time to experience all of the wonders of Rocky Mountain National Park from the forest floor and open ,meadows of the montane life zone climbing in elevation to the Alpine Continental Divide and the Alpine Tundra. The elevation in Rocky spans from below 8,00 feet to over 14,000 feet above sea level

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