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!
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.
Do you aspire to join the Colorado 14er club? What’s that? Colorado has 53 peaks that reach over 14,000 ft
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
3. Take a Fly Fishing Trip to Gold Medal Waters and the Continental Divide.
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
See our Fly-Fishing packages here.
4. Stand on top of the Continental Divide and see the Big 5!
Sightings 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.