Backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park – What to know before you go

Want to go backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park? In this vid, I show you around the summer 2021 backpacking trip I took there while discussing things to know before you go, such as how to get a wilderness permit to stay over in the park, which animals you need to watch out for ASIDE FROM bears, why you might want to consider driving through the park via Trail Ridge Road, and more.

During this trip, I parked at the Colorado River Trailhead and stayed at the Dutch Town and Box Canyon campsites.

The best part of the trip? Hiking up and over Thunder Pass – one of the prettiest places I’ve been in Colorado! (Technically, we exited the park briefly during this hike).

The worst part of the trip? Hiking through a giant boulder field full of spiders trying (unsuccessfully) to get to Lake of the Clouds. Be forewarned, there is no real trail to get up to Lake of the Clouds. This requires route finding through a huge boulder field, and I’m not kidding, I’ve never seen so many spiders in my life!

Trail Ridge Road info: https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/trail_ridge_road.htm.

Information on wilderness camping in RMNP: https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/wilderness-camping.htm.

Here’s a day hiking route to get to Thunder Pass: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/grand-ditch-to-thunder-pass.

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Hi! My name is Audrey, otherwise known as Glowstick on trail. I've always been into hiking, adventuring, and the outdoors, but these things took a backseat as I worked on my career in public relations for several years in Washington, D.C. In 2018, I decided that I was discontent with city life. Instead of working on my career, I needed to work on my happiness. So, I reprioritized. I quit my (amazing) job at World Wildlife Fund, thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, and relocated to beautiful Boulder, Colorado, where I work in climate communications and climb mountains every chance that I get.

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