Rocky Mountain National Park

Let’s talk about Rocky Mountain National Park. This national park is one of my favorite places in the world. I find that nothing quite captures the beauty of being on top of a mountain and looking out miles around, This park of course has no shortage of vantage points.

On top of Roger Toll memorial

My favorite place in all of Rocky Mountain national Park is the Tundra Trail leading to the Roger Toll memorial. The view is breathtaking! You feel like you’re on top of the world at 12,319 feet. Even for an easy “walk” the air can be thin and you need plenty of water and breaks if you are not conditioned to the thin air and altitude. One perk of being in the tundra is the beauty of the plant and wild life. You can easily find ground hogs as well as pikas while heading to the summit.

A Ground Hog on Tundra Tail

Elsewhere in the park you can encounter a variety of wild life. Elk have been a very common sight in all of my visits to the park.

An elk herd at Gore Range Overlook

On my last visit to the park I was very surprised to find a cow moose and her calf foraging in the trees near the entrance to the park. Just a little further away was a young moose grazing in an opening. Of course I wasn’t the only one who was excited to see a moose in RMNP.

Young Moose

Many cars pulled over visitors walked very close to the mother and her baby and the other young moose. Sometimes people forget and get a little too close to get that perfect picture. As a photographer I can appreciate getting a beautiful shot. But you are better safe than sorry, stay safe and stay a safe distance away from the wild life. Invest in a zoom lens becuase It isn’t just the carnivores that attack. You really don’t want a moose or elk running after you.

The public probably getting too close the young moose

If you get the chance you have to visit RMNP. I haven’t even begun to tell you all of the amazing sites that you can see when you visit. This park definitely makes my list of the top 10 national parks you must experience!

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