A Front Range Family's Day Trip to Rocky Mountain National Park
One of the undisputed benefits of living in the Front Range is the easy access to Rocky Mountain National Park. A short drive from any of the communities along the Front Range, the beautiful RMNP is a great day trip for both locals and visitors.
One local family decided to take advantage of their easy access to the mountains a couple of weekends ago. The mom, Kim said, "With friends visiting from out of town, a day trip to Rocky Mountain National Park was the perfect start to their Colorado adventure." As usual with springtime in the Rockies, there were afternoon showers, but they were so light they didn't get in the way of any fun. Kim remarked, "We had beautiful views during the whole drive."
Their first stop upon arriving to RMNP was the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center to speak with a park ranger. The visitor center is a good spot to watch a short park informational video, pick up a map, or talk with an expert ranger about acitivies in the park. The ranger recommended their young family either head to Bear Lake for a short hike (the snow is well-packed on the path), or take a scenic drive to Many Parks Curve on Trail Ridge Road. Most of Trail Ridge Road is still closed for the season, but you can drive up to the beautiful overlook at Many Parks Curve. There's ample parking and a stunning panoramic view.
Once at the scenic overlook, they got out of the car for a short walk to enjoy the view. There was snow on the side of the road, and several families were playfully throwing snow balls at each other. Kim said, "The kids really enjoyed climbing around on the rocks, and we saw a beautiful blue bird flitting in the trees nearby. You could see Longs Peak and Mount Meeker peeking out under the clouds." It was a beautiful day to take in the Rocky Mountain views!