Rocky Mountain National Park is celebrating the National Park System's 100th Anniversary this year - and will be having FREE ENTRANCE to the park from Aug 25-28 ! There are several different things you can do during a trip up to the park.
If you've got kids, take them to one of the many visitor centers and pick up a free Junior Ranger activity booklet. They can earn a badge and become a Junior Ranger!
Or you can see the park movie at one of the visitor centers to introduce yourself to the park. You can also go on one of many ranger-led programs, including if you're there later in the evening, you can take advantage of the ranger-led night sky programs.
And last, but not least, you can go on a hike! There are over 300 trails you can hike on in the park, depending on what you're looking for. Be aware that pets are prohibited on ALL park trails, tundra and meadow areas, and weather conditions do change quickly sometimes, so always be willing to turn around.
There are many hidden gems of hikes that are not highly publicized, but which are well worth the experience!
Here are a few examples:
- Sandbeach Lake is in the area south of Estes Park. It is an intermediate trail as it is 8.4 miles round-trip. But it is well worth the hike in, with an amazing sand beach and great fishing once you get there.
- In the heart of the park, you can find Lake Haiyaha, an easy hike (4.2 miles round-trip) with spectacular views. Haiyaha is a Native American word meaning "Big Rocks" and there are plenty of these you can climb on to explore the shoreline and nearby pools.
- Bridal Veil Falls, which starts out at the historic McGraw Ranch in the north part of the park, is a great family hike (6.4 miles round-trip) with beautiful views.
- Up in the Alpine area of the park, there is an easy, just under 1 mile round-trip hike to Irene Lake. It is a great stop when you're driving over Trail Ridge Road.
- On the West side, there is the Valley Trail, an easy 5.5 mile loop through the Kawuneechee Valley.
Whether you like romance, action, laughter or drama, you can find it all at the 2016 Silent Film Festival being presented by the Estes Park Film Festival at the Historic Park Theatre. Everyone from the youngest to the oldest will love these shows where they can see such famous actors and actresses as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Fatty Arbuckle, Charlie Chase and many more.
Each day you can see 3 films which will be accompanied on live piano by Scott "Flyin’ Fingers" Wilseck. In addition, 30 minutes prior to the start of the films there will be old time piano music. This is a not-to-be-missed experience, as you will be able to hear the music in the historic theatre built over 100 years ago!
The following films will be played (for specific play times, check schedule on website listed below):
- Out West (1918)
- Family Life (1924)
- One Week (1920)
- Danger Ahead (1926)
- Roaming Romeo (1928)
- The Adventurer (1917)
- Yukon Jake (1924)
- Mighty Like A Moose (1926)
- The Rink (1916)
Adult admission: $10 with 1 child allowed free admittance with each paying adult.
- Aug 11th at 2 pm
- Aug 12th & 13th at 7 pm
- Aug 14th at 4 pm
For more information you can call 970-586-8904 or go the Historic Park Theatre website.