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MichaelLong1963
Colorado Springs, CO338 contributions
Sep 2020
Rocky Mountain National Park is beautiful and easy to navigate to see in 2-days. It has amazing wildlife! We saw quite a few elk and some wild turkeys. You can see the pictures I've attached regarding the elk we saw on both days we visited. It has an amazing water falls with Alberta Falls & Horseshoe Falls being our favorites.

The park charges a $25 fee per day and definitely due to the virus you should book your reservation 2 hour time slot prior to arriving. We went while the weather was still very nice so I can't comment on what's it like to visit during the winter hours but there was a fire nearby that closed Trail Ridge Road but we got lucky and didn't have to turn around and go back out the west entrance. We were able to drive through the park and exit near Estes Park.

The park has quite a few lakes to see and historic structures that I wasn't aware of until we saw them driving through the park. There were a lot of camping areas from what we saw but we didn't camp in the park. We stayed at a hotel in Estes Park and that is very convenient. We really enjoy the town of Estes Park. It offers a lot of nice gift shops & restaurants.

Definitely drive "Trail Ridge Road" during the summer before they close it down during the winter (we heard that it can be closed during the winter). The park offers a lot of hiking trails. Unfortunately during our visit both Visitor Centers were partially closed due to the virus and that was disappointing.

Not many people know this but the Colorado River starts inside this National Park but during our visit the trail to the site of the beginning wasn't open. If you visit maybe you can hike this trail to see the beginning of this famous river. I've heard that this is the THIRD most visited National Park in the country so if you visit I think you will be glad you did!
Written October 17, 2020
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Colleen C
Troy, NY1,767 contributions
Apr 2022
Loved every inch of this National Park that we were able to see ~ with that being said we visited this park during the middle of April and 3/4 of the 'Trail Ridge Road' which bring you from the east entrance (Estes Park) to the south entrance and past the Grand Lake.

We were hoping that this section of the road would have been passable by the time we arrived but the Snow had other plans! We were able to go south from the Estes entrance and visit Bear Lake. We were able to park here and hike ON the lake ~ the trail was too covered in snow to hike it and the lake was completely hardened ~ park ranger told us where and how to hike on the lake !

It definitely made our visit a lot quicker that we wanted it ~ but the park was so beautiful that it left us wanting more ~ hoping we can do it again during the summer months!
Written April 28, 2022
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K44TGryanr
youngsville, United States4 contributions
May 2021
We had a great time in RMNP. Bear Lake parking lot was full, so we enjoyed Sprague Lake for a while and made a couple other stops before attempting to return to Bear Lake around 3pm. There were plenty of spaces available by then. The trails were still snowed over, but not icy.
Written May 30, 2021
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beth t
1 contribution
Jul 2021
I can’t believe people think the reservation system is good. It is the worst thing EVER!!
The park belongs to all people in the United States and we can’t even get in. I live an hour away and only was able to get into the park twice in July. When we did arrive at our assigned time, we had to wait over 30 minutes in line to get in. So, there were close to 70 cars waiting with their engines running polluting our air. I’m sorry, but timed entry is HORRIBLE. Why not have all entry stations open including the automated one. An attendant could be stationed there to give out the pass for the Bear lake area. OR… have the park fully open to all United States citizens. I feel sorry for those who come from far away to experience our beauty here in CO and can’t get in to the park. The $2.00 fee we have to pay doesn’t even go to the park. I can’t believe people think that this is good?
Written July 29, 2021
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Footprints57435
6 contributions
Aug 2020
RMNP is one of the most spectacular Parks in the U.S. I'm surprised to see the unfairness of people who downgrade their rating based on not having done basic travel research to figure out that there might be changes due to COVID, such as an entrance schedule, or expect that an exception would be made for them if they missed their entry time. That's confusing because you can enter any time in the day AFTER your time window, just not before. If you don't have a reservation, you can enter before 6 AM or after 5 PM. We spent a month in Estes Park in August, hiking in the Park every day, and have to admit that while many of the trails were still quite busy, the traffic driving through the Park was the least and most enjoyable we've ever experienced. Yes, the reservation system may take a few minutes to figure out how to navigate, but the overall effect was successful: to try to keep us safer and more spread out. Timed entry permits aren't required after October 13th. Don't miss the Wild Basin area and for an easier trail for strollers and seniors away from the Bear Lake crowds, try Coyote Valley trail.
Written October 2, 2020
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DAP
11 contributions
Sep 2019
If you want to see Nature in Action.. be sure to check out the Elk Rut in RMNP. It happens every year beginning in Mid-Sept and continues until early Nov. All you have to do is drive a couple miles into the park (There is a fee to get i ), turning on Bear lake road.. go in the EARLY morning (Before 07:00) or in the evening. On Bear Lake, just follow the other cars and turn on to the side road (Moraine Meadows). Then find a spot.. get out (with your camera) and watch the action. Be sure to pay attention to the Rangers.. they are there to help. You will be in awe of these 750 pound animals scattered throughout the meadow. All in all.. its something you will remember forever.
Written March 9, 2020
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NF2013_13
Orlando, FL827 contributions
Jul 2020
I see many disappointed with Rocky Mountain National Park in the reviews. Yes, this year of Covid, we too learned the first day that reservations were required to enter the park but we worked around that. If you get to the gate before 7 am, it is not manned and you can enter. We go early to parks anyway to avoid crowds; this was no exception. Once in, we totally enjoyed exploring this national park. We did some short hikes to lakes, waterfalls, a historical site and traveled most of Trail Ridge Road. We saw so many elk and moose every day we went in. Colorado is a treasure. We've been in quite a few states and Colorado is definitely one of our favorites.
Written August 1, 2020
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Sarah M
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Jun 2021 • Friends
Came out of state and drove all the the way to the Rocky Mountain park entrance to find out you need to reserve time slots to enter the park. I am a veteran and they would not allow us to enter and stated that the park was booked for the whole weekend. We traveled here mainly to visit the Rocky Mountains but we were very disappointed to learn they did not prioritize veterans. The park is HUGE so surely there wouldn’t been plenty of room.
Written June 5, 2021
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Ward D
Satellite Beach, FL2,296 contributions
Oct 2020
The day we visited we traveled on most of the roads and areas on the east side of the park. We encountered all kinds of weather; blue sky to blizzard. All on the same day. We saw big horn sheep and a herd of Elk. The views were stunning. The roads can be a little challenging and sometimes roads and trails are closed for various reasons. We had to purchase a timed admission pass to go to the park. The park is only allowing a certain number of visitors. I am glad that we purchased ours since they were sold out by the time we arrived. This is a wonderful park and I highly recommend it for visitors to the area for the views and seeing all the animals.
Written October 26, 2020
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sc52017
Red Oak, TX88 contributions
Oct 2019
This is a small lake inside the park. It's not a lake you have to hike to, so anyone can have the opportunity to see one of the most beautiful sunrises you'll ever see. There's a parking lot and it's a very, very short walk to the lake We had been told by a local this was a must. OMG were they right. You can't believe the colors you will see. It's worth every second you have to get up before dawn to get there.
Written February 10, 2020
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