There is something for everyone in Rocky Mountain National Park! Popular activities in the park include hiking, backpacking, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, fishing and more.
Hiking in Rocky Mountain is ideal in spring, summer and fall. There are plenty of day hikes that will take you to incredible, awe-inspiring vistas, where you can see mountains as far as the eye can see. Trails vary in distance and difficulty; from flat, lakeshore walks to steep and strenuous summits. You can check out our list of favorite Rocky Mountain hikes for recommendations and information.
Backpacking is a fantastic way to experience the wilderness of Rocky Mountain. With over 350 miles of hiking trails, and 120 wilderness campsites, there are so many ways to enjoy the backcountry. Campsites vary in distance, ranging from one mile from the trailhead, to one mile from the summit of Longs Peak. Backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park is great for those who are just getting started, as well as those who have been backpacking for decades.
Additionally, sightseeing and wildlife viewing is a very popular activity in the park. With how extensive the Rockies range, it is no surprise that they are home to 60 species of mammals, 280 species of birds, and 11 species of fish. Check out the National Park Service’s tips for wildlife viewing to get the best and most up-to-date information about where to see certain wildlife.
Lastly, fishing is a very exciting and popular thing to do in Rocky Mountain National Park. There are over 50 lakes in the park that you can fish in, and 60 species of fish, giving you plenty of opportunity to catch something good. A Colorado fishing permit is required for anyone over the age of 16.