Alpinism: The route to Happiness


The Estes Park, Colorado area is one of the Mecca's for Alpinism in North America. There is something for every Alpinists taste with terrain ranging from 6000' high desert to 14,000 foot Alpine zones within a few miles of most trailheads.

Unlike many areas, excellent trail systems lead to most destinations. Cross-country travel when necessary is through open pine forests or across Alpine tundra. With the aid of a head lamp or flashlight, movement along these trails is straightforward even in darkness.

300 days of sunshine on the average allow plenty of opportunities for outings in the Mountains. Winters are mild with brief snowstorms bringing plenty of powder snow.

Rocky Mountain National Park is located astride the Front Range just to the west of the Town of Estes Park, Colorado. It is an area of high mountains rising above wooded valleys and open meadows, offering a wide spectrum of recreational opportunities to the outdoor enthusiast. The many peaks are supplemented by numerous crags at the lower elevations to provide an almost limitless quantity of high quality Alpinism, from simple hikes and general mountaineering, to a wealth of climbing of an extremely difficult technical nature. Indeed, within the borders of this park one finds some of the finest and most demanding high altitude rock climbs in the country. The outstanding single feature of the area, from a Alpinist's perspective, is 14,256' Longs Peak. This is the highest mountain in the park and its sheer East Face, on which the Diamond is situated, is on of the most renowned and sought after climbing objectives in the Rockies.

Local Alpinists have been capturing knowledge about RMNP since the turn of the century. The following hypertext links will take you to some of that knowledge:


Follow this path to explore Rocky Mountain National Park


If after exploring the 400 square miles of Rocky Mountain National Park, you feel the desire to wander further......we provide you with the Colorado Outdoors Page:

Follow this path to explore the Colorado Outdoors Page.


We also have a Sister Website for the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness published at:


Follow this path to explore the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness

In this effort, Alpinists are giving you a look at outdoor recreation opportunities all over Colorado.


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