National Treasures: Touring America’s National Parks on a Beer Adventure

Nymph Lake // Photo courtesy of NPS

Nymph Lake // Photo courtesy of NPS

Rocky Mountain National Park

Founded:

Nestled in the front range of the Rocky Mountains, the 100-year-old Rocky Mountain National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, majestic mountain lakes, and wooded forests. The 215,761-acre park is split by the Continental Divide, which gives the eastern and western portions of the park a different character. The east is rich with glaciated peaks whereas the west dominated by forests.

Things To Do:

There are countless activities for visitors at Rocky Mountain National Park on both land and water. Whitewater rafting is sure to get your heart pumping—from beginner tours to advanced treks down the Colorado River, the experience is electrifying. There are over 300 miles of hiking trails, but if you prefer the comforts of your air-conditioned car, the Trail Ridge Road offers breathtaking views. Covering 48 miles the road winds up the mountainside to a peak above the tree line at 12,183 feet—it’s a picture-worthy experience.

Where To Stay:

If you’re looking for a little peace and quiet, the Longs Peak Campground is right up your alley. At an elevation of 9,500 feet, you’ll feel in the thick of the National Park. The 26-site campground is highly wooded and only allows tents—perfect for kicking back and relaxing. When you’re ready to venture out, the Longs Peak Trailhead is nearby.

Breweries:

The State of Colorado is overflowing with great beer being made at some of the nation’s most renowned breweries. Narrow down the choices by flying direct to Fort Collins and visiting Colorado brewing giants New Belgium and Odell. After, hop over to Funkwerks, a small microbrewery specializing in saisons and Belgian style ales located just east of Odell. Or head west and visit Equinox Brewing for a wide-ranging selection of beers served from firkins and conditioned in casks.

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