Rocky Mountain Summer Bucket List

 

What’s on your summer bucket list?

Everyone has dreams of trying a new activity or visiting new places. Here are 4 bucket list items that are best to check off for summer in Rocky Mountain National Park.

 

1. Rock climb where the pros do!

rock climbing, summer in Rocky Mountain National Park

Did you know that many professional rock climbers grew up in and practice in Estes Park? That’s because the rock climbing
routes here are world-famous.

The Colorado Mountain School welcomes novices to the sport year-round with introductory half and full day rock climbing
courses all summer in Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding area. These are our favorite mountain gurus
because they are passionate career climbers, certified by the American Mountain Guide Association. Their enthusiasm is
contagious. They give participants the opportunity to safely experience the sport and to see how climbing is a huge part of
our community history. What better way to learn a new skill while immersing yourself in the local culture!

See their Half-Day Intro to Rock Climbing package here.

 

 

 

 

2. Hike the most famous 14er – Longs Peak.

Key Hole Longs Peak, summer in Rocky Mountain National Park

Do you aspire to join the Colorado 14er club? What’s that? Colorado has 53 peaks that reach over 14,000 ft
in elevation.

Those who brave the hike get an alpine start and are rewarded with stellar summit views and bragging rights,
of course. The all-day excursion (rogue or guided) is not for the faint of heart. Longs Peak is a bucket list hike
for many visiting Rocky Mountain National Park. It is considered Class 3 (one of the more technical 14ers
to summit with rocky scrambling). Be sure to know current weather conditions and read up on the trail before
hand. Even in summer in Rocky Mountain National Park, there can be afternoon thunder storms that are
important to plan any hiking trip around. You will want to reach the summit well before noon. We recommend
hiring a private guide for your alpine start with the Colorado Mountain School. It’s a great way to ensure you are
well prepared.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Take a Fly Fishing Trip to Gold Medal Waters and the Continental Divide.

 

flyfishing, summer in Rocky Mountain National Park

Not familiar with Gold Medal fishing? It’s where there is up to 60 pounds worth of trout per one acre – meaning
lots of fish for you to catch!

The Rockies supply and divide the country’s waterways, so what better place to take a fly-fishing lesson. There
are countless local waterholes to master your cast, including alpine lakes, Rocky Mountain streams or the Gold
Medal waters of the Big Thompson River. Trout species are the prime local catch (rainbow, brook, brown and
cutthroat!). Best of all, there’s no need to get tangled when you can learn from the expert guides at Front Range
Anglers.

See our Fly-Fishing packages here.

 

 

4. Stand on top of the Continental Divide and see the Big 5!

 

Elk at sunrise on Trail Ridge Rd, summer in Rocky Mountain National ParkSightings of bighorn sheep,  moose, elk, bear and deer are common on your drive up the highest paved highway in
the United States – Trail Ridge Road to the Alpine Visitor Center. The best way not to miss anything though is with a
guided “Journey to the Top” Tour. The specialists at the Rocky Mountain Conservancy provide an educational
tour about these amazing animals, their unique alpine tundra habitats and how we play a role in their environments.
It’s a wildlife safari, photo tour, bucket list check mark and educational opportunity all in one.

See our itinerary for the Journey to the Top here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pre-Season for Summer in Estes Park

 

4 Activities to Beat the Summer Crowd

Just like “pre-season” at ski resorts can be the best time for winter sports, pre-season for summer in Estes Park can be the best time for your favorite outdoor activities!
May – early June is highlighted by cool yet warmer weather and snow cap runoff. Rivers and waterfalls are at their largest. Conditions are perfect for these activities you
won’t want to miss:

1. Fly Fishing

There’s nothing like beating the crowd and taking a fly fishing lesson to learn the tips and tricks to use for the whole fishing season. Cut throat and brown trout are common!
Front Range Anglers offer guided fly fishing trips throughout Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Or if you choose to venture on your own be sure to check out the
fishing regulations as bait and catch rules vary per lake and river.

2. Whitewater Rafting

The sport is at it’s best in June for the Colorado River out of Grand Lake and the Cache La Poudre river from Fort Collins. Meet your group in Estes Park and use an in-town
guide at Rapid Transit Rafting. Or you can meet up with an excursion company in Grand Lake or Fort Collins.

3. Elk Calving Season

Explore the park and be sure not to miss the elk this time of year to see elk cows and their new babies. Photo safaris, bus and jeep tours are a great way to do some sightseeing.

4. Waterfall Hikes

With increased runoff in early summer, waterfalls will be at their largest. Ouzel Falls, Timberline Fall, Bridal Veil Falls and Alberta Falls are some of the most popular waterfalls to
see. Bridal Veil Falls is perfect for trail runners from the Cow Creek Trail head. Ouzel Falls offers a variety of waterfall sights along the way from the Wild Basin Trail head (including
Copeland Falls and Calypso Cascade). Alberta Falls is ideal for a mild adventure and Timberline Falls for the ambitious day hiker. For more detail on logistics, click here.

 

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