The Rocky Mountain National Park is in north central Colorado, northwest of the city of Boulder. The park was established in 1915 and covers 265,770 acres of mountains, forest and tundra. It is divided by the North American Continental Divide which separates the drier glaciated peaks in the west from the lush forested and much wetter west region.
Visitors staying in holiday rentals in the Rocky Mountain National Park will appreciate the many opportunities for outdoor activities along the 359 miles of trails, 150 lakes and countless streams. Hiking, nature spotting, mountain biking, horseback riding, swimming, fishing, kayaking and canoeing can all be enjoyed by visitors. Climbers can enjoy the challenges of the 60 peaks, the highest of which is Longs Peak which stands 14,259 feet above sea level. At higher levels, small glaciers and permanent snowfields can be found, including Andrews Glacier, Tyndall Glacier, Sprague Glacier and Taylor Glacier. With snow on the ground from October to May, snowshoeing and downhill skiing are popular winter sports.
Popular areas to visit from your holiday home in the Rocky Mountain National Park include Bear Lake in the heart of the park which has many trails leading off from it. Longs Peak can be seen from many parts of the park but it is only accessible in the summer due to snow and ice. The eight-mile climb each way ascends to the peak at 4,850 feet and the east face, known as The Diamond, is a classic big wall climb. The Mummy Range lies to the north of the park with forested peaks and in the west the snow-capped Never Summer Mountains are covered in ghost towns and old mines.
Visitors staying in holiday rentals around Rocky Mountain National Park will find the area has hot, showery summers and cold, snowy winters. The wettest month is May and the hottest months are July and August when average daily temperatures are 90°F (32°C). Thunderstorms may develop in the afternoons when visitors should descend below the treeline for safety. In the winter, daytime highs rarely get above 41°F (5°C) and nights are well below freezing. The park has heavy snow from mid-October to May and frost may continue at night until July.
The nearest airport to Rocky Mountain National Park is Denver International (DEN) Airport which is served by most US airlines and is the hub for Southwest Airlines. Being an international airport, this busy destination also receives flights daily from all over the world. The airport is 23 miles northeast of Downtown Denver and is about 75 miles from Estes Park in the Rocky Mountain National Park.