Rocky Mountain National Park

We went there during mid July which was the peak season of park. I guess the amount of people over there kinda ruined the experience a little but it is still a very beautiful park. The landscape and rock features are really similar to Sierra Nevada. Huge Granite slabs with pine tree forest, lash green under growth with ice cold snow melt creeks crisscrosses underneath.

However, if you never see a moose before and really want to see one, that’s the park you want to go. Over the 4 day trips, we probably saw about 8 moose, baby, adults, male(buck), female(cow).

In terms of backpacking, you should probably plan ahead and make reservation online. We tried to do a 2 night 3 day route without reservation which turns out that’s not possible so instead, we had to go one night at a time. Stayed at Upper East Inlet one night and Granite Falls the other.

One more tip, the rangers/custodians at the Kawuneeche visitor center knows more about the camp sites than the ones at the Beaver Meadows visitor center. If you are winking it, you may have better luck at the Kawuneeche to get a backpacking permit and get a little more info about your camp site.


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Here are some of the hi-lights of the park: