National Parks Week: April 16 – 24, 2022
The National Park Service is an agency of the United States government that manages all national parks, most national monuments, and other natural, historical, and recreational properties with various title designations.
Visit the official National Parks WEEK web page for more details. Parks across the country will host a variety of special programs, events, and digital experiences. Entrance fees are waived on April 16 to kick off National Park Week and encourage everyone to enjoy their national parks. (Be sure to read the RMNP reservation system notes).
Join us on social media, check out each days’ themes, find in-person and virtual events, or stay caught up on news.
Rocky Mt National Park in 3 days
Everyone says, “I don’t have enough time.” But if you have three days, you have enough time to get a taste for what Rocky Mountain National Park offers. After over 100 years as a national park, Rocky Mountain remains, after all this time, one of the most iconic landscapes in the country.
Just bring up a vision of the Rockies in your mind. Do you see towering gray-stone mountains, topped with glaciers and blanketed with green meadows? Rocky Mountain National Park is this, but it’s also more. It’s wildlife at every turn: moose, elk, ptarmigan, and fox, and pica and marmots at higher elevations. And it’s literally breathtaking views from 12,000 or more feet along Trail Ridge Road and the Continental Divide, the line that determines to which ocean—Atlantic or Pacific—a drop of rain or snow will flow.
This itinerary for a three-day weekend, best experienced from late spring (Trail Ridge Road opens late May) through early fall, starts from Denver and includes two nights of camping in the park. It enables you to experience two sides of Rocky Mountain National Park, east and west, by trail and road, through interpretation by the rangers who have served this place for a century. You could easily add days to the trip and stop for another night (or more) on either end, including lodging, restaurants and shopping in Lyons, Longmont, and/or Boulder. The gateway towns to the park are —Estes Park on the east side, or Grand Lake on the west—for some touristy fun among amazing views.
Day One – EAST
Day Two – Over the DIVIDE
Day Three – WEST
Now, go exploring.
The National Park Foundation is an apolitical, non-partisan philanthropic organization focused on raising private funds to directly support America’s national parks.