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18 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Rocky Mountain National Park

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I recently got back from visiting my friend Jes out in Denver, Colorado for my very first RMNP trip! I have been to Colorado numerous times for ski vacations, but had never been to Rocky Mountain National Park! I loved the mountains, lakes, waterfalls, hiking trails, basically everything in the park. It ended up being a very close runner-up to my favorite park: Yosemite National Park.

I absolutely LOVED the gorgeous scenery, so I wanted to share some of my favorite photos of Rocky Mountain National Park in hopes that they will inspire you to add this park to your travel bucket list!

18 Photos that will inspire you to visit Rocky Mountain National Park! See the hiking trails, lakes, waterfalls, mountain ranges, Sky Pond, Dream Lake, and more! #rockymountain #nationalpark #hiking #trails #waterfalls #skypond #dreamlake

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Photos to Inspire You to Visit Rocky Mountain National Park

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Hands down, one of my FAVORITE photos from my trip. This picture truly represents Rocky Mountain National Park: rock, lush greenery, creeks, beautiful trees. This picture was taken along the trail headed to Dream Lake.
Along the Emerald Lake trail just after sunrise.
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Along the trail coming back down from Emerald Lake.
Sunrise at Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park
Believe it or not, I took this picture of Bear Lake with my iPhone!

Related: 10 Photos That Will Inspire You to Visit Bryce Canyon National Park


Dream Lake Rocky Mountain National Park
Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most visited and most photographed places in the park. It did not disappoint! This photo does not do it justice!

Read more about my hike to Nymph, Dream, and Emerald Lake in this post.


Sunrise at Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park
Sunrise at Bear Lake. These sunrise photos ended up being some of my favorite photos from the entire trip.
Sunrise at Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park
Another sunrise at Bear Lake. Arriving for sunrise was definitely worth getting up early!

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The view looking back towards the trail from Sky Pond.
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I could NOT pass up the opportunity to capture this amazing view while hiking to Sky Pond!
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This photo was taken coming back down from Emerald Lake.
Lake of Glass in Rocky Mountain National Park
Sky Pond. 
Sky Pond in Rocky Mountain National Park
THIS is Sky Pond. At almost 11,000 feet in elevation, this beautiful, clear water & amazing view is totally worth the moderately strenuous hike!

Read more about my hike to Sky Pond in this blog post.


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There are many, many creeks & waterfalls in Rocky Mountain National Park. I spent a LOT of time practicing with different camera settings. This was one of my favorites.
Part of the Colorado River in Rocky Mountain National Park
This picture of the Colorado River was taken along the Holzwarth Historic Site trail. In this particular photo, I was trying to practice photo composition & including things in the foreground of my pictures.
Waterfall in Rocky Mountain National Park
One of the many waterfalls in Rocky Mountain National Park. Again, I was trialing different shutter speeds & apertures on my camera.
Gore Range Overlook in Rocky Mountain National Park
A beautiful, expansive view from Gore Range Overlook on Trail Ridge Road (Highway 34).
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Photos to Inspire You to Visit Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado
Sunrise in Rocky Mountain National Park at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead parking lot.

I hope these photos inspire you to visit Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park! Stay tuned for posts on hiking to Sky Pond and Emerald Lake!

melissa of dogwoods & driftwood travel blog

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5 Reasons to Visit Yosemite National Park

18 Photos that will inspire you to add Rocky Mountain National Park to your travel bucket list! #rockymountains #nationalpark
18 Inspiring photos of Rocky Mountain National Park: Bear Lake, Sky Pond, hiking trails, lakes, waterfalls, etc! #rockymountains #nationalpark #skypond #bearlake #dreamlake #hiking #hikingtrails

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