When visiting Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, you want to make sure to avoid some common mistakes. These mistakes would apply to all of Colorado's state parks as well.

With so much to do within our state and national parks, you want to make sure that you're not wasting your own time. Avoiding mistakes will keep you on your "schedule" for your excursion.

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How Old is Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado?

After being used by Ute and Arapahoe Native Americans for centuries, settlers began coming into the area in the early 1800s.  It wasn't until 1915 that the area officially became Rocky Mountain National Park in January of 1915.

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How Many People Visit RMNP Each Year?

Generally, millions of people travel to one of the nation's most beautiful National parks; as it's estimated that three million people each year come to the park. That's a lot of people who could be making these five mistakes.

it could be 15 million mistakes.

The Number '5' Plays Heavy in Regards to Rocky Mountain National Park:

  • There are 5 Campgrounds, with 585 campsites.
  • There are 5 Visitor Centers.
  • There are 355 miles of trails.
  • There are 156 lakes.

In February of 2024, Business Insider published an article written by a person who had worked as a park ranger for six years; at both state and national parks. With that amount of time, seeing so many people visiting parks, she saw many mistakes.

Mistakes that you can avoid when visiting Rocky Mountain National Park.

5 Mistakes People Make When Visiting Rocky Mountain National Park

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