Moraine Park Museum

#6 in Best Things To Do in Rocky Mountain National Park
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Key Info

Bear Lake Road

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Museums, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
4.0

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Housed in a converted log cabin built in the early 1900s, the Moraine Park Museum is filled with exhibits on the natural environment of Rocky Mountain National Park, from its geology to its wildlife. It also features an outdoor amphitheater that hosts various talks and events. The second-floor observation area offers some comfortable rocking chairs and an unbeatable perch from which to take in the surrounding views. 

Some travelers say that they almost begrudgingly stopped at the Moraine Park Museum because their traveling companions wanted to check it out, but almost all were glad they did, citing the interesting hands-on exhibits and facts they learned about everything from the park's elk to glaciers. 

You can reach the Moraine Park Museum, which is free to visit, from Bear Lake Road, just off Highway 36. Open late spring to mid-fall, the museum's standard hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., though the attraction might have shortened hours in the spring and fall. It's closed during the winter. For more information, visit the National Park Service's website

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Horace Albright, director of the National Park Service between 1929 and 1933, once said about Trail Ridge Road, "It's hard to describe what a sensation this new road is going to make. You will have the whole sweep of the Rockies before you in all directions." Trail Ridge Road was a sensation when it debuted back in 1932 and it remains so today for the travelers that make the 48-mile drive from Estes Park to Grand Lake, rising above the tree line for 11 miles at an elevation of more than 12,000 feet. Visitors should keep that in mind when they're stopping at the lookout points that the road experiences temperatures that are 20 and even 30 degrees lower than both Estes Park and Grand Park. 

Most travelers call Trail Ridge Road a must-do while in Rocky Mountain National Park. One recent traveler, who said she spent a full day taking in the "stunning views" along Trail Ridge Road, saw elk, marmots and moose. Stopping at the pull-offs yields some spectacular photo ops, and some offer restrooms. 

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