4 Reasons October is My New Favorite Month in Rocky Mountain National Park

Every season in Rocky Mountain National Park is unique and beautiful, but early October is my new favorite time to visit. What makes it the best?

  • We easily found a parking spot at the typically popular Bear Lake lot when we hiked to scenic Mills Lake
Mills Lake
Mills Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park
  • The temperature was crisp, but once we started moving it was very comfortable (mid 50s)
Jumping for Joy - October is the best in RMNP
Jumping for Joy – October is the best in RMNP
  • The colorful aspen autumn leaves are stunning!
Golden Colorado
Golden Colorado aspens on hike to Mills Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Elk bugling season – this is a great time of year for spotting wildlife and watching the unique rituals of men elk trying to impress the most lady elk with high-pitched bugling noises, picking fights with other males and showing off their impressive antlers. The city of Estes Park hosts Elk Fest to celebrate the season. More info…

    Elk Fest
    Elk Fest in Estes Park, Colorado
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