Once you arrive in Rocky Mt National Park you will be immediately awed by the glory and beauty of the place. Nowhere else in the United States is there such rugged majesty or stark beauty as there is here in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. It is also home to a remarkable display of wildlife: Elk, deer, moose, bighorn sheep, coyotes, black bears, hawks and eagles all make the Rockies their home.
The best way to get out and experience the natural beauty and exotic wildlife of Rocky Mt National Park is on foot. There are countless short walks and hikes to be made through this exciting mountain area. If you are looking for shorter walks, you might be interested in some of the lake walks that abound in these beautiful mountain lakes. Lily Lake, Sprague Lake and Bear Lake all offer beautiful short walks that have no elevation gain so they are great for families with small children and for the disabled. Rocky Mountain National Park has in fact provided these three trails with full accessibility for the disabled.
If you are looking for more of a challenge Rocky Mt National Park has plenty more hikes to offer. In fact there are an astounding 359 miles worth of trails to be had here among the Rockies, with all of her lakes, rivers and waterfalls. One of the most popular and longest of the hikes here in Rocky Mt National Park is the Flattop Mountain hike. Starting from the Bear Lake trailhead, this 4.4 mile hike takes you to the top of Flattop Mountain located in the middle of the park. Standing at some 12,324 feet the panoramic views from atop Flattop are one of the greatest thrills to be experienced in the park. Please note that this is one of the more strenuous hikes in the park, besides its length there is also an elevation gain of 2,894 feet.
If you want to take a trip to see some of the beautiful waterfalls that litter this area of the Rockies here in Rocky Mountain National Park, take a trip on the Alberta Falls trail. At only 0.6 miles it is one of the shortest hikes in the park and is also one of the most popular. At its end you will find the Alberta Falls where Glacier Creek thunders down before you.
A more strenuous but even more reward hike can be made to Timberline Falls. Forest surrounds you as you trek 4 miles past the scenic Loch Vale to reach the gorgeous Timberline Falls, located on the park's east side.
The highest summit hike in the park is the Mount Ida hike. Taking up to the top of Mount Ida, some 12,880 feet above sea level, this offers some of the most spectacular views of the park. Views are offered both east and west on this exciting and beautiful high altitude tundra hike on the Continental Divide.