Rocky Mountain National Park
Submitted By: DanF on April 23, 2010
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- Flattop Mountain
- Hidden Valley
- Mini AK
Notch Top Couloir
- Terrain Park
Tree chute, very steep, the top part when you are traversing to the descent is very meadow skippy but the second you are in the chute it is a tight and steep tree chute. It's probably about 500' long once you are in the chute proper, If you manage to get first tracks in it, your in for a pretty incredible ski. Once you ski the chute ski out towards skiers left through some low angle trees to the road cut. NOTE: this pull out is probably the single most annoying place at berthoud pass to catch a ride from. My advice-cross to the other side of the road and walk up the hill aways (assuming the side is plowed). If you ski out towards the right it will take you to 7 mile, which is a very long low angle ski down to Winter Park.[more]
One of the most beautiful National Parks in the Country. RMNP is home to many great mountains, chutes and couloirs. It can give many great opportunities for backcountry skiing, ski nountaineering and pretty much everything in between.
How to Get There
Use Denver International Airport (DIA)
Use passenger station in Granby (GRA). No public transportation between train and park.
From Denver and the east, take U.S. 34 from Loveland, CO or U.S. 36 from Boulder through Estes Park, Colorado.
From Denver International Airport, Denver Tech Center, or downtown Denver it is approximately a two-hour drive to the park. From the airport take Pena Boulevard to Interstate 70 west. Continue on Interstate 70 west until intersecting with Interstate 25 north. (An alternate route from the airport to Interstate 25 is the toll road Interstate 470.) Go north on Interstate 25 to exit number 243 which is Colorado Highway 66. Turn west on Highway 66 and go about 16 miles to the town of Lyons. At the first traffic light U.S. Highway 36 willl come in from the left. Continue to the right - west - (now being on U.S. Highway 36) all the way to Estes Park, about 22 miles. U.S. Highway 36 intersects with U.S. Highway 34 in Estes Park. Either highway leads to the national park, west of the town.
From west or south, take Interstate 70 to U.S. 40 between Georgetown and Idaho Springs, then to U.S. 34 in Granby, Colorado through Grand Lake, Colorado.
From the National Park Service Website: http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/directions.htm