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My hubby and I decided to start visiting National Parks together this year. My last post was on our Day Trip to the Great Sand Dunes. You can check it out here! This post is on another beautiful National Park in our own home state, the gorgeous Rocky Mountain National Park.

To start off, always start your planning on the National Parks website here for up-to-date info on visiting any park! Here’s the page for Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rocky Mountain

Park pass

We purchased an annual America the Beautiful pass that’s good for entry to any National Park for a whole year! This price is $80 per vehicle. You can also just purchase a day pass per vehicle, which would have been $30.

Visitor Center

The view from the Alpine Visitor Center was breathtaking. We were up in the clouds and it felt absolutely heavenly! This is also where we stopped for coffee, a vintage-looking postcard (my one souvenir from each park we visit), and a bathroom break.

Bear Lake

We stopped here and there and eventually made our way to Bear Lake. (We have a large, wall-art photo of Bear Lake in our home and it was so special to visit together in person!) This is such a special place inside Rocky Mountain National Park, a must-see on your visit.

Bear Lake, just a quick walk for a stunning view!

(My sweet hubby, Jonathan, taking cute pics with me. My glasses fell in the lake for this photo – worth it.)

We visited Rocky Mountain National Park in a single day, then spent the night camping in a KOA just outside the park. While we could have stayed inside the park longer, one day is still plenty of time to get a great experience! (I think this can probably be said for all the National Parks. The more time you have, the better, but you can still see a lot in a day!)

Here’s the KOA info if you are looking for a great place to camp near the park:

Grand Lake / Rocky Mountain National Park KOA Journey
143 Co Rd 48
Grand Lake, CO 80447

For my complete list of all 63 National Parks, you can read the blog here. And be sure to grab the free download of a complete checklist here!

Which National Parks have you visited so far? Do you have a favorite? This is definitely one of mine!

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