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Planning a visit to the Rocky Mountains

August 31, 2011 by  
Filed under activities, travel

Throughout North America and Canada are the Rocky Mountains. This is one of the largest mountain ranges in North America and they have peaks that are some of the highest in the world and home to excellent climbing. Anyone that loves to hike and climb should consider a vacation to explore the beautiful Rocky Mountains and really look over the beauty of these mountains.

Head to Rocky Mountain National Park where you can expect to have access to a lot of great day hikes along with overnight climbs and other things. There are year-round hikes as many people enjoy the challenge of climbing the Rocky Mountains in the dead of winter.

It is important to note that once you scout a trail, that trail is subject to change. Weather changes and corrosion can destroy some trails and cause you to find a new one. This is why it is so important to pack plenty of gear and to know your bearings so you don’t get lost. Never climb alone and always tell other people where you are going and when you expect to get back. Before you head out on your hike or climb, swing by the Visitor’s Center to find out current conditions. They will let you know if there is still snow on the path you are planning to take or if there is a wildlife alert for that particular area as Mountain Lions are quite common in the Rocky Mountains. It is also a good idea to stop by the Visitor’s Center after your hike to let them know of things that you encountered on the trail so they can warn other travelers.

Many of the hikes will take you to gorgeous places but there are a lot of places that are not found from the traditional “trailed” hikes. If you want to get to some gorgeous lakes and other things that are tucked away you will likely end up creating your own trail. Just remember to hike with another person and let someone know where you are going. You also need to get your bearings when you are hiking and possibly leave markers so you can find a way back. Rocky Mountain National Forest does ask that hikers stay on the trials so it will help to prevent corrosion to the land. The other reason for this is for your safety as there are many people that will get lost if they get off the trail.

Plan your visit appropriately by always giving yourself more time than you think you need. It is very common for people to use the guides to estimate their time but you never know when a thunderstorm will show up and stop you from being able to get back before the sun sets. The best hikes need to be started in the early morning hours so you are headed down by about 2PM before the afternoon thunderstorms are prone to hitting the mountains.

Always pack plenty of food, water, and warm clothes. Rocky Mountain National Park is prone to quick temperature drops and that last thing you want is to be stuck on top of a mountain without a warm jacket. Remember to pack an emergency blanket and a poncho so that you can stay dry and warm if a thunderstorm does hit.

The Rocky Mountains are rugged and they are wonderful for anyone wanting to have a great vacation where you get in touch with nature. Always plan out your trip and pack accordingly so you won’t get into any troubles when you are hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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