Rocky Mountain National Park

I entered Rocky Mountain National Park at the Grand Lake Entrance Station on the west side. My campsite was aaaall the way across the park at the Moraine Park campground on the east side. That meant that I had to cover nearly the whole length of the 48 mile Trail Ridge Road, cross Milner Pass at 10,758 feet, then the aptly named Highest Point on the Road at 12, 183 feet and travel through three ecosystems just to set up camp. Wahoo!!

Part of the appeal of Rocky Mountain NP is the diversity in terrain. Montane (below 9,000 feet) leading up to Sub-Alpine (9,000 – 11, 400 feet) leading up to Alpine (above 11, 400) with the flora and fauna that comes with each ecosystem. That and the plethora of spectacular views at 12, 183 feet.

Ranching equipment at the Holzwarth Historic Site
Montane ecosystem: Ranching equipment at the Holzwarth Historic Site
From Sub-Alpine looking at Morane: the view from Rainbow Curve
From Sub-Alpine looking at Morane: the view from Rainbow Curve

 

Alpine Ecosystem: Marmot on the tundra
Alpine Ecosystem: Marmot on the tundra

 

Views from the alpine are nothing to sneeze at
Alpine views: Nothing to sneeze at

 

 

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5 Comments Add yours

    1. kmorris says:

      Thank you, Mukul! Slowly working through my trip – more to come!

      1. mukul chand says:

        looking forward to it.

  1. Lauren says:

    Love this place! Have you ever hiked Mt. Ida? It’s in the park and possibly has the most beautiful sites I’ve ever seen. Of course, the entire park is pretty amazing. Your pictures are great, really impressive.

    1. kmorris says:

      Hi Lauren,
      I haven’t hiked Mt. Ida, but it’s on my list now! RMNP was absolutely stunning… I can’t wait until I can go back.

      Thank you for the compliment on my photos! 🙂

      Kim

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