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Introduction

Rocky Mountain National Park is a great place to get lost—really lost, as far away from the mainstream as your heart desires. While you can drive the park's roads for a dose of exhilarating scenery, you need only take a trail just off the main drag to escape the summer crowds and make extraordinary discoveries.

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The winter months bring a special kind of serenity, as pristine snow blankets the hiking trails, rests haphazardly on tree branches and crowns graceful peaks. Click into a pair of cross-country skis and explore this winter wonderland. Stand motionless and be silent—the sounds of chattering birds and small animals rustling through the snowdrifts will echo across the dramatic landscape. Don a pair of snowshoes and make the first and only tracks of the day as you journey across starkly beautiful alpine tundra.

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As the snow melts and the forests turn lush with hues of green, new possibilities arise for getting away from it all. Fly fish in a gurgling mountain stream—no one will be around to witness your catch, so feel free to exaggerate as you wish. Kayak a glimmering picture-perfect lake framed by lofty snow-capped pinnacles reaching into a sapphire sky. Hike a trail that seemingly leads to nowhere, and be rewarded as you glimpse a prancing deer or a bighorn sheep perched precariously on a jagged rock. However you choose to get lost is totally up to you.

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Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

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