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Things to do in the Rocky Mountains

A year-round playground, the Rocky Mountains is a vast destination in western America that offers a little of everything for everyone. Stretching over 3,000 miles, this breathtaking range is home to all sorts of wildlife, lush forests and endless opportunities. Explore the 300 miles of trails throughout the Rocky Mountains National Park on a hiking trip, or visit in the winter and discover some of the country's most acclaimed ski resorts in Vail, Aspen and Breckenridge, Colorado. Whether you're here for an adventure or looking to refresh your heart and soul, you're in for a truly memorable experience.

1. Trail Ridge Road 

The breathtaking Rocky Mountains offers over 300 miles of trails to explore and the ever-popular Trail Ridge Road spans the entire Rocky Mountains National Park and takes you “over the top” of the Continental Divide for a truly unforgettable experience. Stunning scenic views will take your breath away on this 48-mile long road that reaches a high elevation of over 12,000 feet. Take in sights of Wyoming to the north and keep your eyes open for an abundance of wildlife including elk, bighorn sheep, pikas and more! 

2. Skiing and Snowboarding

Known for its world-class skiing, you can’t go wrong with a winter vacation in the Rockies. The Vail, Aspen and Breckenridge areas are home to some of the best ski resorts in the country, offering acres upon acres of skiable terrain and an assortment of runs that are perfect for beginners and experts alike. Vail itself is one of the largest ski areas in the world, offering 5,289 acres for your winter adventures. With 31 total lifts, including one gondola and 17 high speed quad chairs, Vail is the ultimate destination for your Colorado ski vacation!

3. Bear Lake 

A getaway in the Rockies isn’t complete without a stop at Bear Lake. Considered the heart of the Rocky Mountain National Park, the trail to Bear Lake lets you experience the breathtaking mountains and lush surrounding forests to your heart’s content. A short interpretive trail circles the lake and lets you really appreciate the beauty of the natural area and plenty of wildlife. For a little extra adventure, visit the sparkling Alberta Falls and camp out under the stars the Aspenglen Campground.

4. Whitewater rafting

The Rocky Mountains is a hub for some of the best whitewater rafting in the area. The Colorado River, Poudre River and Clear Creek are all located throughout these majestic mountains, offering you some of the most incredible views during your exciting adventure. The Colorado River begins in the Rocky Mountain National Park, and the Poudre River is the only designated wild and scenic river. 

5. Rodeos

The Old West welcomes you to the Rocky Mountains! Experience an authentic-style rodeo during your Colorado vacation at the Rooftop Rodeo, which has been voted the best small rodeo three years in a row! You can also enjoy a fun horse show at the Stanley Fairgrounds in Estes Park.