"The Roof of the World (North American version)" Top 5 Page for this destination Rocky Mountain National Park by mrclay2000

Rocky Mountain National Park Travel Guide: 277 reviews and 645 photos

Great beauty, diverty and wildlife await you

Among all national parks, Rocky enjoys the highest elevation in the park system, and of those parks within the lower 48 states, ranks to my mind second only to Glacier NP in Montana for scenic beauty and diversity. At its lowest point it is 8,000 feet above sea level. Dozens of peaks rise over 12,000 feet, and Longs Peak, the crown jewel of the summits in the park, boasts 14,255 feet and dominates the park's eastern landscapes.

The park is a theater of great contrasts. Coming from either the west or east entrance you enter quickly into a forest, which characterizes the zones from 8,000 to 11,000 feet. After thirty minutes or so from your start you will enter the roof of the park at the top of Trail Ridge Road, which itself is over 12,000 feet at its highest point, the highest continuously paved road in North America. While the Kawuneeche Visitor Center on the west side and the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center on the east side nestle amid wooded thickets, the Alpine Visitor Center at the crest of the road sits on a windswept tundra, where life is reduced to the hardiest flowers and grasses. The nearest tree is 1,000 vertical feet below you, and likely a few miles away. The views from here will embrace dozens of barren mountaintops, and at times actually look across and above the cottony clouds which sometimes swirl into the Forest Canyon not far from the center. Only in the mountains, and often in a place such as Rocky, can you drive up from below and actually surface above the clouds.

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Come to the place that's above the clouds!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Rich scenery, diverse and abundant wildlife, great vistas
  • Cons:Too windy at times
  • In a nutshell:Almost everything on your wilderness checklist!
  • Last visit to Rocky Mountain National Park: Sep 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • blue_sky04's Profile Photo
    Jun 29, 2007 at 6:11 PM

    Great page on Rocky Mountain NP! I love mountain and plan to visit this place. Thank you for sharing your tips!

  • chewy3326's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2006 at 3:46 PM

    I hope to visit Rocky Mountain NP in 2007 or so, thanks for a great page and beautiful pics

  • Callavetta's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2004 at 2:00 PM

    Something in common.... a love for the Rockies. Beyond that YOUR pages are a ton better than mine! I get bored fast. :-) But check out my Keystone pages when you can. Happy New Year!

  • annk's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2004 at 4:57 PM

    Shame on me for missing this National Parks page. Excellent animal sitings esp. the moose.

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2004 at 6:21 PM

    Great page on RMNP. It is one of my favorite National Parks.

  • caffeine_induced78's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2004 at 8:36 PM

    Next time you come up here I am going to have to take you to the Wild Basin area of Rocky. Nice waterfalls, lakes, and less crowds. Big snow just passed - Summer is coming.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2004 at 1:43 AM

    Quality pages, looking forward to Mills Lake. Love the elk.

  • andal13's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2004 at 7:07 AM

    I owed a visit to this page... a big sin, indeed! Your pictures come from a dream... The colours of the mountains and the vegetation are just oneiric...

  • Teledude's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2004 at 7:23 AM

    Nice page, I used to live about an hour a way and went there almost every other day...I miss my park!

  • MATIM's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2003 at 1:57 AM

    unbelievable what a beauty


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