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Loch Vale picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Stanley Hotel picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Beaver Meadows Visitor Center picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Moraine Park Museum picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Trail Ridge Road picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Bear Lake picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Emerald Lake Trail picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Downtown Estes Park picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Bear Lake Road picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Elk picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Deer Crossing picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Watch for Avalanches picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Sprague Lake picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Old Fall River Road picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Autumn picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Sunset Over Bear Lake picture in Rocky Mountain National Park

The nearly 6-mile hike on the Glacier Gorge Trail will yield this breathtaking view of the Loch Vale.  Brad McGinley Photography Getty Images

Back in 1980, the Stanley Hotel was the inspiration for Stephen King's "The Shining." These days, visitors can experience the hotel that made "Jack a dull boy" while on a tour or a stay.  RiverNorthPhotography Getty Images

A visitor's first stop at Rocky Mountain National Park should be one of its visitor centers, including Beaver Meadows. According to recent visitors, the park rangers are extremely helpful and knowledgeable and can help you decide which trails to take, depending on your time and skill level. Rich Crowder Getty Images

The Moraine Park Museum doubles as a gallery and a visitor center, and it's also on the National Register of Historic Places.  Jasperdo Flickr

Eleven miles of Trail Ridge Road sit above the tree line. Carolyn Hebbard Getty Images

When the aspens change color in the fall, Bear Lake is an especially glorious sight.  Rhona Wise Getty Images

While on the Emerald Lake Trail, you'll pass by a series of lakes, including the subalpine Dream Lake.  Brad McGinley Photography Getty Images

For many travelers, Estes Park is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. It's also the starting point for the must-see Trail Ridge Road. Ronda Kimbrow Photography Getty Images

Bear Lake Road leads to several popular trailheads, including Bear Lake and Glacier Gorge, so in peak season, get on the road early to snag a parking spot.  Ronda Kimbrow Photography Getty Images

The elk are so popular in this part of the country that Estes Park named a street after them and hosts a festival in their honor.    Sandra Leidholdt Getty Images

Various types of animals, including deer, elk and moose, roam Rocky Mountain National Park.  Michele Falzone Getty Images

Winter is a beautiful time at Rocky Mountain National Park, but the area is prone to avalanches this time of year. Pay attention to signposts and talk to park rangers before heading out on your cross-country skis.  Ryan McGinnis Getty Images

The round-trip hike to Sprague Lake (from Bear Lake Road) is less than a mile but offers splendid views of Sprague Lake.  Esther Lee Flickr

This scenic road, sometimes referred to as "The Old Road," is only open during the summer. Richard Masoner Flickr

Fall is a short, but beautiful season in Rocky Mountain National Park, thanks to the brilliant aspens. Wayne Boland Getty Images

Colorado sights like this inspired patriotic song "America the Beautiful." Mike Berenson / Colorado Captures Getty Images

Loch Vale picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Stanley Hotel picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Beaver Meadows Visitor Center picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Moraine Park Museum picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Trail Ridge Road picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Bear Lake picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Emerald Lake Trail picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Downtown Estes Park picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Bear Lake Road picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Elk picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Deer Crossing picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Watch for Avalanches picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Sprague Lake picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Old Fall River Road picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Autumn picture in Rocky Mountain National Park
Sunset Over Bear Lake picture in Rocky Mountain National Park

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