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This park simply begs for an extended visit -- 4 to 7 days would be ideal -- but it offers wonderful experiences for visitors who have only a short amount of time or who are not able or willing to hike.

Those arriving in summer or early fall with only 1 day to see the park will want to stop at one of the visitor centers and then drive the fantastically scenic Trail Ridge Road, described below. Stop at the view points and take the half-hour walk along the Tundra World Nature Trail to get a close-up view of the plants, animals, and terrain of the tundra. Those returning to the east or west side will have time for little else -- the 48-mile drive takes about 2 hours each way -- but those passing through the park on their way to somewhere else might want to take another short hike.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.