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Moraine Park, Rocky Mountain National Park

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It’s possible that the only time you’ll spend in Moraine Park is while driving through the area, headed for somewhere else.  Even if that’s the case, you should stop for just a few minutes, to enjoy Moraine Park’s meadows, surrounded by jagged mountain peaks.


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Moraine Park is located along Bear Lake Road, about a mile inside the park, and just south of US 36.  There’s a visitor center here, that’s open during the summer.  You can also camp here — Moraine Park offers one of Rocky Mountain National Park’s five drive-in campgrounds.  Reservations are required.

 

The Big Thompson River flows through Moraine Park, on its way into Estes Park.  Follow the small side road that runs alongside the river for a mile or so, and you’ll locate the Fern Lake Trailhead.  A 7.7 mile (round trip) hike will take you past a couple of waterfalls, to Fern Lake.

Continue on Bear Lake Road for another 7 miles, until the road ends at the Bear Lake Trailhead.

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