Hike the Parks: Rocky Mountain National Park

Hike the Parks: Rocky Mountain National Park

Best Day Hikes, Walks, and Sights

Brendan Leonard


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Rocky Mountain National Park encompasses 415 square miles crowned by spectacular mountain environments. Its famed Trail Ridge Road crests at over 12,000 feet elevation and includes many overlooks onto subalpine and alpine worlds. The park also features hundreds of miles of hiking trails, stunning wildflower blooms, wildlife viewing including the iconic Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, crystal-clear starry nights, and the highest continuous paved road in the nation. Guide features include:

  • 35 day hikes with detailed directions, photos, maps
  • Longs Peak summit route
  • Recommended 1- and 3-day itineraries
  • Park access and transportation options
  • Park history, geology, flora and fauna
  • Top 7 “must-see” sights and activities


Brendan Leonard:
Brendan Leonard is the creator of Semi-Rad.com and the author of eight books. His work has appeared in Alpinist, CNN, Outside, Men's Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Backpacker, Adventure Cyclist, and dozens of other publications. He is also a contributing editor at Adventure Journal and The Dirtbag Diaries podcast. Brendan and his wife live in Denver.