Rocky Mountain National Park is for hikers. Even though there are no attractions like the Grand Canyon or the Sequoias, it is still worthwhile.
Trail Ridge Road cuts through the Park, running from Estes Park to Grand Lake. It is 48 miles long. I wanted to watch the Perseids from Trail Ridge, which was impossible. The weather is unpredictable, and it can snow anytime.
Wildlife is abundant along Trail Ridge Road, and I saw moose, elk, bighorn sheep & beaver. Changes in elevation create different types of terrain. Junipers and ponderosa pines grow at low elevation. Fir and spruce grow farther up. Treeless tundra is higher.
1 Alpine Visitor Center at 12,000 feet is the highest visitor center in the National Park system. Logs crisscrossing its roof make it memorable.
2 Longs Peak is one of 54 Colorado mountains over 14,000 feet.
3 Lake Irene is where we turned around to go back to Estes Park. I strolled past peaceful meadows to the lake.
4 Rocky Mountain National Park straddles the Continental Divide at Milner Pass, and I stood at the sign marking the spot. The Divide extends from Alaska to the tip of South America. Water flows west into the Colorado River and east into the Mississippi.