Rocky Mountain National Park is located in the north-central region of the State of Colorado. This living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains, with elevations ranging from 8,000 feet in the wet, grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the weather-ravaged top of Longs Peak, provides visitors with opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures. Rocky Mountain National Park features majestic mountain views, a variety of wildlife, varied climates and environments—from wooded forests to mountain tundra—and easy access to back-country trails and campsites. The park is located north-west of Boulder, Colorado, and includes the Continental Divide and the headwaters of the Colorado River in its land area. The park is surrounded by Roosevelt National Forest on the north and east, Routt National Forest on the northwest, and Arapaho National Forest on the southwest.
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Rocky Mountain National Park is only a 25 minute drive East of Drowsy Water Ranch. A large majority of guests visiting the ranch each week will take a leisure drive through the park on the way to the ranch or leaving the ranch when headed back to Denver, CO. The scenic drive over Trail Ridge Road is not to be missed as it presents one of the highest paved roads in North America! Wildflowers, animals and even snow patches in August can be found along the drive and short hikes within the park.
Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park are just a short drive West of the ranch. Plan for a 35-45 minute scenic drive up the Big Thompson Canyon. Several weeks during the typical summer “dude season,” summer guests at Sylvan Dale will elect an optional guided tour to the National Park. A typical route is up the Big Thompson to Drake and then up the North Fork of the “Big T” to Estes Park on Devil’s Gulch Road, entering the Park near the historic MacGregor Ranch and the world- renowned Stanley Hotel.
Buena Vista, Colorado
If you have a day or two in Colorado before or after your ranch stay, we would recommend a loop through the Rocky Mountain National Park. This highway is one of Colorado's highest and will take you above timberline and into snow covered peaks. Elk and deer abound.
Fly into Denver and spend a night in Estes Park. The next day take a leisurely drive (allowing time to hike and view wildlife) through the Park, ending in the quaint town of Grand Lake. Spend the night and enjoy the next morning in this beautiful community. A two and a half hour drive will find you just in time for ranch check-in at 3 p.m.
Estes Park, Colorado
Wind River Ranch is blessed to have Rocky Mountain National Park as its front and backyard. It is an honor for us that our dude ranch has one of just a few horse concessioner permits and the only kayak concessioner permit for Rocky Mountain National Park. Come and enjoy this beautiful ranch that gives you convenient access to this incredible mountain playground.
The Vee Bar is located less than 100 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park. It is an easy, scenic drive that can be done in a day either coming to or leaving the ranch. Take in the beauty of the park with all of the beautiful scenery, mountain wildlife, and spectacular wildflowers. We highly encourage guests to check out this park while on vacation. It is a great chance to see a national park that is a bit overlooked!