Rocky Mountain National Park is for hikers. Even though there are no attractions like the Grand Canyon or the Sequoias, it is still a good trip.
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, but that 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 produce different types of trees. 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 the 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 east into the Mississippi River and west into the Colorado.