Places to Visit: Rocky Mountain National Park

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Rocky Mountain National Park

While visiting Aspen, Colorado, you might want to consider touring the area more fully. A must see in the state of Colorado is Rocky Mountain National Park. Formed in 1915, Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most pristine and beautiful areas in Colorado. Compared to Aspen, you will find more extreme terrain, more splendid vistas, and more dramatic hiking. Although Aspen, Colorado is very beautiful in its own right, Rocky Mountain National Park is spectacular.

To get to Rocky Mountain National Park from Aspen, Colorado, you have several options. It is possible to wind your way along mountain highways and across to the western entrance along Highway 34. The most direct route is to head east on Interstate 70, and then north on Highway 40, which will lead to the town of Granby and then Highway 34. Another popular idea is to combine Denver, Boulder, Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park on one big excursion from Aspen. This route allows you to travel primarily on freeways, and see some of the more famous hot spots of Colorado. During the winter, the road the traverses the park is closed, so you'll have to pick one route or the other. During the summer, however, consider making one big loop in order to see it all!

If you are in Aspen without transportation at your fingertips, it is possible to sign up for guided hiking or bus tours of Rocky Mountain National Park. Let someone else do the driving! Meet new people and travel more safely through bear country in a group of people.

Rocky Mountain National Park is best known for the famous 14,000 foot Long's Peak. Get to the top and experience life with significantly less oxygen! This adventure will be most enjoyable if you take the time to allow your body to adjust to altitude. Therefore, plan at least a week in Aspen before you head to the summit. For those with less desire for extreme altitude, there is enough hiking and touring in Rocky Mountain National Park to keep you busy for months! Just stop by the visitor center for advice on planning your adventure and for a schedule of ranger led activities!