Elk herd in Rocky Mountain National Park
Elk herd

Things to Do at Rocky Mountain National Park

The majestic Rocky Mountain National Park is famous for its mountain views, scenic drives, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Millions of tourists from all over the world visit the park every year to explore its trails, take in the incredible scenery, marvel at the wildlife, and so much more. With the West Entrance only 15 miles from downtown Granby, here are some of the best things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park throughout the year.

A Park for All Seasons

No matter what time of year you visit, there are always plenty of things to do in the park. In winter and spring, when snowfalls are frequent, you can gaze at snowy mountain peaks and numerous lakes, go snowshoeing and skiing, and take winter treks along the park’s 355 miles of hiking trails.

Even though Rocky Mountain National Park is open year-round, its busiest seasons by far are summer and fall, when countless tourists arrive to camp, hike, nature watch, go horseback riding, take scenic drives along Trail Ridge Road, and more.

Wildlife Watching

Rocky Mountain National Park is home to a diverse range of animals, including 60 species of mammals, 280 bird species, and 11 kinds of fish, which means you can spend hours observing and photographing wildlife. The park also has significant populations of large animals, including herds of moose, elk, bighorn sheep, and mule deer. Watching these stately animals run free is a truly incredible sight to behold. If you want to catch a glimpse of wildlife in the Kawaneechee Valley, dusk is the perfect time to look out for a few critters easily seen from the road.


With more than 50 lakes, a vast number of streams, and four different species of trout, the park is a fantastic place for fishing enthusiasts. Rocky Mountain National Park is open to sport fishing, although the park does require a Colorado fishing license and has some special regulations. The park makes every effort to ensure the natural aquatic ecosystems are protected and these special regulations align with that mission.

Camping & Wilderness Travel

Love camping or wilderness adventures? Then you’ll find everything you’re looking for in Rocky Mountain National Park. The park offers five expansive campgrounds, including the picturesque Timber Creek Campground. Campsites fill up fast, and the park recommends making camping reservations weeks in advance.

The park is also a great place for wilderness adventures, whether you’re a beginner, a seasoned adventurer, or somewhere in between. If you intend to travel overnight in the wilderness, you’ll need a permit, which you can get at two different wilderness offices in the park. Plan ahead by visiting the park’s website to get permits, book campsites, view current conditions and see what’s open.

Horseback Riding

Rocky Mountain National Park is a true haven for horse lovers. If you want to hit the trails, you’ll find many places that offer horseback riding in the area. One great option is Winding River Resort. Open starting Memorial Day weekend through the end of September, you can opt for one or two hours rides along the Colorado River.

If you’re planning to visit Rocky Mountain National Park, there are an endless number of activities to enjoy, no matter when you visit. Be sure to enjoy some of the best things to do the park has to offer during your time here!

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