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Rocky Mountain National Park

16 Apr 2024    Things to do    Emma Adamson

Rocky Mountain National Park is located in the northwest of Denver, which is in the north-central Colorado. It is set between the towns Estes Park and Grand Lake.

The park was established in 1916, and since then, being taken care of by partners and volunteers. The park has over 300 million visitors over every year, making it one of the best things to do near by Colorado Springs. The place is ever-so endearing and the views and clean air are to die for!

But the views are not all that it is limited to. The preservation of natural and cultural resources along with bringing people to witness the beauty of this place is truly a unique experience for visitors.

In today’s blog, we will talk about what are the many things to do in the national park, places you can stay during your visit to this nature’s paradise, along with a lot more fun details about this place!

Rocky Mountain National Park Photos

Before we get into the amazing details of the national park, here is a glimpse of how the place - through the lenses of several cameras and several different angles – looks like. These photos will surely make you want to pack your bags and just set off for an adventure between nature!

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rocky mountain national park

Rocky mountain national park

rocky mountain national park

Rocky Mountain National Park Map

For you to get around the national park with ease, here is a descriptive map of the entire place for you.

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Things to do in the Rocky Mountain National Park

From multiple hike trails to numerous sights to see, if you haven’t yet visited the national park, you are missing out on a lot of what the nature has to offer. Here are some of the most popular things you can do in the RMNP:

1. Bear Lake:

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This amazing place has a family-friendly hike trail that takes you to a different paradise. When you hike your way up here, you will get to see breathtaking views of the beautiful greenery reflecting over the lake, making it so picturesque that it would look no less than a painting!

2. Alberta Falls

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Alberta Falls is a 30-feet long waterfall that falls down to a narrow gorge on the Glacier Creek. It is a wonderland for hikers as they can hike up to this place, have a picnic with a serenity in abundance. The Alberta Falls Trail is considered to be an easy one, making it the perfect getaway for families.

3. Sprague Lake

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At Sprague Lake, you will get to witness a lot of wildlife. Not only that, people who love fishing will also have amazing opportunities to catch fish such as the Large Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill and lots more.

4. Old Fall River Road

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5. Chapel on the Rock

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Officially referred to as the Saint Catherine of Siena Chapel, this is a functional Catholic’s chapel and quite a popular tourist’s spot in Allenspark, Colorado. The name ‘Chapel on the Rock’ does quite the justice to itself as it is built on top of a rocky formation. The chapel is 100 years old and it is surrounded by wonderful picturesque views of the mountains.

Rocky Mountain National Park Tickets

There is an entrance park that is required to get into the national park. Here is a quick breakdown for you:

Pass Type Duration Price
Individual Pass (no vehicle) 1 day $15
Individual Pass (no vehicle) 7 days $20
Motorcycle Pass 1 day $25
Vehicle Pass 1 day $30
Motorcycle Pass 7 days $30
Vehicle Pass 7 days $35
Annual Pass 12 months $70

Please note: It is always better to check official websites to ensure you keep up with any updated pricing and/or entry timings.

Cabins in Rocky Mountain National Park

If you are planning to go out in the mountains to take a breath of fresh air amidst the nature, you will definitely be interested in staying in a place that gives you all the right feels.

Well, here are some of the best vacation rentals that you can rent out during your trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park. The best part is that all of these are located in Estes Park, making it much easier for you to have your vacation homes more accessible:

1. Evergreen Escape – Lux 2 Master Suites, Lake Views

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Evergreen Escape, is one of the nicest condos in Estes Park! Recently remodified and ready to make a vacationer’s dream vacation even more validated!

Here's what makes Evergreen Escape the perfect spot for your mountain escape:

- Beautiful views: Wake up to stunning sunrises over Mary's Lake and spend your evenings relaxing by the fireplace watching the sunset paint the mountains.

- Spacious and comfy: This condo has plenty of space for everyone to relax. There are two big bedrooms, each with a comfy king-size bed, and a sofa bed in the living area for extra sleeping space.

- Relaxation central: After a day of exploring Rocky Mountain National Park (which is just around the corner!), come back and unwind in the heated pool or hot tub (available from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but double-check the exact dates).

- Cook like a pro: The kitchen is fully equipped for whipping up delicious meals.

- Cozy nights in: Curl up by the fireplace with a glass of wine and enjoy the beautiful night sky from the deck.

- Minutes from everything: Downtown Estes Park is just a short drive away, so you can easily explore shops and restaurants.

This condo is perfect for a small family and/or two couples.  It has everything you need for a memorable mountain vacation!  

Here are some extra details to keep in mind:

  • This condo has a special permit (STR License 6192) so you can be sure it's legit.
  • The vaulted ceilings and big windows make the space feel even bigger and brighter.
  • There's a smart TV in the living area for movie nights.
  • The deck has a BBQ grill so you can enjoy cookouts with a view.

2. Lux 3BR Mountain House 

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Imagine yourself waking up to stunning mountain views right outside your window!
This 3-bedroom cabin is the perfect place for your mountain getaway. It's just minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park and downtown Estes Park.

Here's what makes this cabin awesome:

  • Sleeps 3-8 people comfortably
  • Super close to hiking trails and wildlife sightings!
  • Cozy fireplace for chilly nights
  • Fully stocked kitchen for delicious meals
  • Entertainment for the whole crew: games, books, and Smart TVs
  • Peaceful bedrooms for a good night's sleep
  • Outdoor fun: gas fire pit, BBQ grill, deck seating

The super friendly hosts are excited to share their mountain home with you! They're happy to recommend their favorite local spots for food, hikes, and fun.

Here are some other quick things to know about this amazing cabin:

  • This is a great place to relax and enjoy nature, but you'll need a car to get around.
  • There's plenty of parking for your group.
  • Check-in is at 4pm and check-out is at 10am.
  • No smoking inside and no pets allowed.

3. Views! Pool Table -Family Home

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New owners here! And they are excited to share their amazing family home in Estes Park with you.  This isn't just any house, it's a place filled with happy memories for the owner’s family for over 60 years!

Here's what makes their home so special:

Stunning Views: You'll see Long's Peak from almost every window! It's breathtaking!

Great for Families:  We've got plenty of space for everyone to relax and have fun.

Wildlife Watching:  Keep your eyes peeled for deer and elk wandering around the property.

Cozy Nights In:  Curl up by the fireplace in the living room or enjoy a game night in the second living area. 

Modern Kitchen: Whip up delicious meals in our well-equipped kitchen with a gas stove.

Outdoor Fun:  Enjoy grilling on the patio, playing yard games, or simply stargazing (Estes Park has amazing dark skies!)

Comfy Bedrooms: There are 3 bedrooms upstairs with amazing views, perfect for a good night's sleep.

This house is close to Rocky Mountain National Park, so you can easily explore the beauty of the mountains.  The memories you and your loved will make here will stick with you for years to come, and that is our guarantee!

These are a few amazing you can explore during your stay near the national park. You can visit Peak Hospitality Vacations to book these fantastic cabins and get to experience some of nature’s best offerings!


If you are someone who enjoys exploring the nature and all the serene things it has to offer, you have to have RMNP in your bucket list. Not only does it help you take a break from your daily life but also helps you rejuvenate your soul. Yes, it may sound poetic, but it is the truth.

You can only really understand the true essence of this place only by visiting. Experience travelling with your family and/or larger groups to get the best of it.

Here’s to your next trip to this beautiful creation of nature!