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A Colorado gem makes ‘Best Trips 2014′

Published: November 25, 2013, 1:32 pm, by Dalton Walker
Rocky Mountain National Park (National Geographic Traveler)

Rocky Mountain National Park (National Geographic Traveler)

You don’t have to go far for one of the “Best Trips 2014”.

The National Geographic Traveler listed must-see places for the new year on its website.  “From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainably minded – and, of course, superlative in the world of travel today.”

That’s a tough list to crack, but Colorado made it. The Rocky Mountain National Park is listed amongst other beautiful places like Cape Verde, Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda, Africa  and Ranthambore National Park in India. Rocky Mountain and New Orleans were the only two places in the U.S. to make the list.

As a newby to Colorado, I’ve never been to Rocky Mountain. It’s on my growing to-do list.

Here is what National Geographic said about the park:

“Rising up along the Continental Divide, Rocky Mountain National Park is a natural overachiever, with 77 mountains above 12,000 feet—including 14,259-foot Longs Peak—and a span of alpine tundra. Snow-packed granite peaks tower over a calm of ponderosa pines, which ease toward meadow and meandering stream—four ecosystems within one park. It’d be simple to cover them all on a drive along scenic Trail Ridge Road, but why not channel Enos Mills and hike some of the 355 miles of trails instead? You might hear elk bugling or spy otters swimming among lily pads.”

I know I’d like to hear elk bugling or catch otters swimming among lily pads. Sign me up.

Share your park experience below and tell me specific areas of the park I should visit.