• Photo of park visitors enjoying sunset from the Alpine Ridge Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Hiking Essentials

BYOW - Bring Your Own Water
Keeping well hydrated is very important while visiting Rocky Mountain National Park, where elevations range from 7,500 feet to over 14,000 feet. However, there is limited potable drinking water available in the park. Please remember to bring your own reusable water containers and refill them at park visitor centers.

Hiking Essentials
Pack the "Essentials" and be prepared for minor injuries, sudden weather changes or delays.

Always carry:

  1. Map of the area and compass
  2. Extra food and water
  3. Extra clothing, including rain gear
  4. Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  5. Pocketknife
  6. Matches in a waterproof container and candle or other fire starter
  7. Whistle
  8. Flashlight with extra batteries and bulb
  9. Space blanket
  10. First aid kit

And don't forget the most important thing of all… common sense!

Did You Know?

a photo of Elizabeth Burnell, the nation's first female nature guide

Rocky Mountain National Park licensed the nation’s first female nature guides in 1917. Sisters Ester and Elizabeth Burnell learned the naturalist trade from advocate and author Enos Mills.