Rocky Mountain National Park Journals

Hiking and Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park

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A September 2004 trip to Rocky Mountain National Park by Jehcekah

Glacier Gorge Junction Trailhead Photo, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado More Photos
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Moraine Park Campground

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Moraine Park Campground Photo, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
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Best Things Nearby: Rocky Mountain National Park is a beautiful area that has been wonderfully preserved while also making it fully accessible to everyone. Mountains are all around you and because of the changing seasons, they are constantly changing. Fall was a beautiful time to visit. The aspen trees were mid-change and were glorious in their bright yellow color, especially in the morning sun. The wildlife of the park provided much entertainment! In the fall, elk come down from the mountains into the meadows to eat and mate. Moraine Park Campground is located in the middle of this area. All night we could hear faint noises coming from all directions of the park. It sounded like a chi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 23, 2004

Moraine Park Campground
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
(800) 365-2267

Odessa Lake Campsite

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Odessa Lake Photo, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
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Best Things Nearby: Best Things About the Resort: Resort Experience:Unbelievable. The one word I have to describe the night that I spent at Odessa Lake. Odessa Lake is surrounded on one side by the Bighorn Flat mountains. Very scenic, but this geographic layout creates a wind tunnel that blows across the lake and directly into the tents set up at the first campground! Luckily, the ranger working at the Backcountry Office (where we picked up our permit) told us to face our tent doors away from the lake. He had experienced a thunderstorm there which almost blew his tent over. After spending a night there ourselves, we reali...Read More

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Glacier Gorge Junction Trailhead

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Glacier Gorge Junction Trailhead Photo, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
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We debated the summit to Longs Peak. After our hike to Odessa Lake and the night we spent there, I had some trepidations about intense hikes. We wanted to do a day hike that was challenging, scenic, but also would not kill us. We just happened to pick the perfect trail for this and the perfect day. Since the road to Bear Lake is temporarily closed due to construction, you must park in the Park & Ride lot and take a shuttle to the Glacier Gorge Junction Trailhead. The only negative thing about shuttling to the trailhead is that everyone who gets off of the shuttle begins the trail at the same time. For the first mile and a half, the trail is quite busy. Then the day-trippers and elderly hi...Read More

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Glacier Gorge Junction Trailhead
Glacier Gorge Junction
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Bear Lake Nature Hike

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Bear Lake Nature Hike Photo, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
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The road to the Bear Lake Trailhead is temporarily closed due to road construction. You must drive to the Park and Ride lot and take a shuttle to any of the trailheads beyond Sprague Lake. Bear Lake is a favorite stop for families and older people, as it has almost no incline and is handicap accessible. The hike around the lake is a .6-mile loop and is a paved trail. There are benches all around the trail for rests and sightseeing. The trail is easily marked and is surrounded by Hallet Peak and Flattop Mounatin, which makes it quite scenic. There are restrooms at the trailhead. The trail is a self-guided interpretive trail. There are stops along the way to view nature and wildlife,...Read More

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Bear Lake Nature Hike
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Fern Lake Trailhead

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Fern Lake Trailhead Photo, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
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Parking is available at the Fern Lake Trailhead, but I suggest getting there early because the parking lot fills up quickly as the morning progresses. From the trailhead to the Pool, the trail is very easy and includes only small elevation gains. After the Pool, the trail becomes more strenuous with the climb up to Odessa Lake. Fern Falls is a nice stop between the Pool and Fern Lake. Fern Lake is located at an elevation of 9,530 feet and is 3.8 miles from the Fern Lake TH. There is a backcountry campsite located at Fern Lake with four tent pads and one pit toilet. Odessa Lake is shortly after Fern Lake along the trail. There is a backcountry campsite located at the lake with two...Read More

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Fern Lake Trailhead
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Backcountry Camping

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Backcountry Camping Photo, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
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Backcountry Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park is allowed by permit only. The number of permits is limited in order to contain the impact of the wilderness camping areas. Day-of-trip permits can be purchased in person year round. However, if you would like to plan your trip in advance, you must either call (only from March-May or after October 1) or mail in a request form. We mailed in a request and had our confirmation in less than 5 business days. The request must include your name, address, telephone number, itinerary including campsites requested and exit/entrance trailheads, car parking plans (the office will give you a permit for overnight parking at the trailheads at no additional ...Read More

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Backcountry Camping
Backcountry Office
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado 80517