Rocky Mountain National Park

March 28, 2009 by  
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rocky-mountains-588Rocky Mountain National Park is a vast area that conserves the naturalism of the Rocky Mountains. The total area of this park is nearly 265,000 acres. There are no motels, shops, houses or any commercial buildings in this park, and it is barely possible to spot few roads. You can find long hiking trails with many rough country camping spots and minimally enhanced campgrounds. This park offers the beautiful views of the mountains with out any other views and attractions.

Major attractions:

Fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing, backpacking, mountain climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking and sightseeing are the major attractions in Rocky Mountain National Park. You can see many wilderness outfitters and horse rental stables outside the park. So it is possible to rent a horse or go for a guided tour by horseback or by walking. Next to Estes Park, you can find a well-known Rocky Mountain School for rock climbing and mountaineering.  It offers wilderness adventures for everyone. You can find more than 350 miles of hiking trails in this park. It is possible to see simple short day hikes as well as tough climbs and long backpacking excursions. This is an ideal place for rock and mountain climbers. This park presents all the experiences from easy starting stage of rock climbing and mountain hiking to severe “big wall” technical climbing for the veteran climbers. This park is remaining open for all winter season for cross-country skiing and snowshoe hiking. You can not spot even a single downhill ski resort in this park.

Gateway to the park:

Rocky Mountain National Park is positioned about 75 miles northwest of Denver, Colorado. You can easily reach this park by a drive from Denver through Interstate 25 to Loveland and west on route 34 to East Park. You can spot the little village Estes Park, Colorado just on the outer side of the doorway of the park on the rim of a lake in a mountain valley bounded by a snow covered summit. Because of the closeness of the park, the town becomes a major tourist spot. You can see many hotels, restaurants and shops in the town. Also you can see many outfitters and horse rentals and guides, those who can assist you on the tour.

The park is open everyday:

It is possible to visit this park everyday and it is open to the public always. But it is not possible to travel because of heavy snowfall during November through May. Trail Ridge Road is a 45 mile long road with some fantastic views from Colorado to Granby Lake. You can see herds of elk in the western valleys, mountain sheep and mountain goats next to the high paths and moose in the flourishing grazing lands on the eastern hill. It is possible to travel another 25 miles to see the mining town of Idaho Springs and come back through Interstate 70.

Glacier National Park

March 24, 2009 by  
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glacier-national-park-588Glacier National Park, known to Native Americans as the “Shining Mountains” and the “Backbone of the World”, is located along the spine of the Rocky Mountains in the NW corner of Montana.  Glacier offers you alpine meadows, rugged mountains, pristine forests and spectacular lakes.  You will find more than 700 miles of trails which makes for a hikers paly ground or for anyone seeking the adventurous wilderness and solitude.

Glacier National Park is composed of more than one million acres of lakes, forests, rugged peaks and alpine meadows, along with glacial-carved valleys in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Its makes a home to over 70 species of mammals including the wolverines, lynx, grizzly bears and gray wolves. There are more than  228 species of birds that visit or reside in the park, including such diverse species as the golden eagles, dippers and the harlequin ducks.  The landscape is a hiker’s paradise that is traversed by more than 750 miles of maintained hiking trails.

The glacier carved terrain is what the park is primarily named for.  The deposited materials and the bedrock exposed by the diminishing glaciers tell a story of  geologic faults,ancient seas,  and the appearance of giant slabs of the earth’s ancient crust overlaying younger strata. The result of these combined forces is some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

In 1932 Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park, across the border in Canada, were designated Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. This designation celebrates the longstanding peace and friendship between the two nations. Both parks have since been designated International Biosphere Reserves and together were recognized in 1995 as a World Heritage Site. Clearly this resource is deserving of world-class recognition.