Ten National Parks to See Before You Die

By CNTraveler.com - 2014-07-21T17:46:04Z

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado

Rocky Mountain features skyscraping peaks and delicate alpine tundra, bighorn sheep scaling jagged cliffs, and glacier-carved valleys bursting with wildflowers.

Size 415 square miles.

Eight Miles High A ten-hour, eight-mile hike up 14,259-foot Longs Peak rewards you with a view of the mountain ridge of the Continental Divide.

Half That High Delivering great views of Longs Peak, Chasm Lake Trail climbs 2,360 feet in 4.2 miles to an alpine lake beneath The Diamond, a 1,000-foot rock wall.

Rubbernecking Cresting at 12,183 feet, Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous road in the United States; Many Parks Curve has awesome views.

Creature Feature Bighorns flock to Sheep Lakes in spring and summer.

Etc. rmna.org

P.S. Despite the altitude—a third of it is above 11,000 feet—this is one of the West's most accessible parks thanks to Trail Ridge Road, trail-to-trail shuttle service in the Bear Lake section, and a 355-mile trail system.

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