Explore the ridge trails, freshwater lakes and virgin forests of America’s epic Rockies

Some of the most rugged and spectacular scenery in the whole of the continental United States can be found in the heart of Colorado. Here, visitors will discover the wilds of Rocky Mountain National Park: a 415sq mile tract of land that includes 300 miles of hiking trails and soars to heights of 12,000 feet. From the crystal waters of Bear Lake to the headwaters of the Colorado River, it’s a nature lover’s paradise – and has been a beloved destination for travellers of all stripes since earning National Park status more than a century ago.

From picnics among the pine trees and driving tours up Trail Ridge Road (the highest paved road in the country) to horse-riding outings and ranger-led walking tours, there are so many ways to get acquainted with the beauty of the Rocky Mountain National Park.

For especially intrepid travellers, a hike along the lofty Continental Divide National Scenic Trail is another must. The section through Rocky Mountain National Park traverses a gorgeous 30 miles within steps of the Continental Divide; follow it above the treeline to take in majestic views of snow-capped peaks, alpine tundra, herds of elk, and other elusive wildlife.