Go west, young man

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Take my advice, "go west, young man".

That famous quote is attributed to Horace Greeley, the influential 19th century author. Greeley, who was also the founder and editor of the New York Tribune, saw westward expansion as the ideal place for hard working people to find opportunities to succeed.

Today, the west symbolizes the place for adventurers and enthusiasts to enjoy and play in the great outdoors. One of the most iconic destinations in the west is Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Coincidentally, less than 50 miles away from the park is the small town of Greeley, which happens to be named after ole Horace.

So what does all this have to do with anything? Actually, it brings me to our newest hiking website, which we just launched this past November. Just like HikingintheSmokys.com, RockyMountainHikingTrails.com offers details on many of the trails throughout the park. In fact, you'll find quite a lot of information to help plan much of your trip.

First of all, trying to figure out where to hike can be challenging, especially if you're unfamiliar with the area. The park offers more than 350 miles of trails that lead to some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet. As a starting point you can check out our list of the Top 10 Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park, as well as our list of the Best Easy Hikes in the park.

Our website also offers many lodging options on our Accommodations page. Here you'll find a wide variety of overnight accommodations that offer a wide variety of amenities in the Rocky Mountain National Park area.

If you're looking for additional activities during your stay, besides hiking, take a moment to check out our Things To Do page. Then, take a day to go horseback riding, rafting, birding, photography touring, or maybe even take a hot air balloon tour of the Rockies!

If you're currently planning, or just considering a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park this summer, now's the time to begin making reservations before accommodations begin filling-up during the peak travel season.

Please know that by supporting one of our advertisers you help to support RockyMountainHikingTrails.com.

Finally, if you know anyone else that's planning a trip to RMNP this year, we would really appreciate if you could forward this link onto them as well.

Thank you very much!

Hiking in the Smokies


Sharon said...

How ironic that you posted this today, but I'm one step ahead of you...was actually on your Rocky Mountain site yesterday. My husband and I have just finalized two weeks in RMNP in late July/early August and I was already reminding myself which hikes were your favorites. We've been twice before, but both times were in late May/early June which meant many trails were not yet available to hike because of deep snow. We are so excited about being there at a different time of year and getting lots of mileage in different sections of the park. No, the waterfalls won't be as spectacular as they are in early spring, but we can't WAIT to see the wildflowers. May be asking you some specific questions as the time gets closer. For readers who haven't checked out Jeff's RMNP website, give it a look. It's fun to just read about the different trails even if you have no plans to go there any time soon.

The Smoky Mountain Hiker said...

Sharon - thank you very much for the kudos.

Absolutely, feel free to ask me any questions. Hopefully I can help you find a great trail that you've never hiked before!