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Rocky Mountain National Park
A Hiking and Wildlife Photographers Paradise
Rocky Mountain National Park is a United States national park located approximately 76 mi (122 km) northwest of Denver International Airport in north-central Colorado, within the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The park is situated between the towns of Estes Park to the east and Grand Lake to the west. The eastern and westerns slopes of the Continental Divide run directly through the center of the park with the headwaters of the Colorado River located in the park’s northwestern region. The main features of the park include mountains, alpine lakes, and a wide variety of wildlife within various climates and environments, from wooded forests to mountain tundra.
Rocky Mountain National Park is a hiking park. You can do dynamic, incredible landscape photography here but plan on spending some time to hike to the location you choose to obtain your images. Many of the waterfalls and some, but not all of the lakes are well off the beaten path. Two waterfalls are under a one-mile hike. Some waterfalls and lakes are up to 4 miles off the road. If you like to hike as much as you like to do photography, then this is your park.
The wildlife here is sensational. If you are a wildlife photographer Rocky Mountain National Park is the place for you. Herds of elk and moose are one of the main attractions at this park. There are several areas where you will see signs that it is a public elk zone. If you go in October, you will arrive during the rut. This is the time the Bull Elk starts to breed. Grab some fall foliage and bull elk shots, and you are in photography dreamland. There are several areas known for moose viewing, but it is less likely to see moose than elk.
Wildlife will be the focus of any photography trip here. This is the area just near the Moraine Park Discovery Center, where you see the many images of elk.