The Rocky Mountain National Park is a majestic landscape full of breathtaking sights. Encompassing several types of environments from subalpine forests to the alpine tundra, there’s something to see at every turn, whether it’s a gorgeous view, a stunning lake, or a wildlife sighting. If you’re looking for an area where you can see it all, be sure to pay a visit to Moraine Park!
Stop By the Moraine Park Discovery Center
You can reach the Moraine Park Discovery Center easily from the Beaver Meadows Entrance to the park, accessible via Highway 36 right from Estes Park. Turn down Bear Lake Road to find the Discovery Center about 1.5 miles down. On the way you’ll pass the Moraine Park Amphitheater, where you can hold events such as weddings in a beautifully rustic setting. There’s also ranger led programs you can find there, and it can be a great place for stargazing.
The Discovery Center itself is located in a historic cabin-like building and is open during the summer and fall season. Offering amenities such as a bathroom, it can be a convenient stop on your way to other adventures, but the center also has a wealth of information to discover. You’ll find displays and exhibits with historical information, which can include information about how Moraine Park was formed by glacial ice and can help you understand the topography of the park better. There is a ranger or staff member present to answer any questions you may have—they might even give you a few of their favorite suggestions for the area!
The Moraine State Park Discovery Center is also a great place to pick up a souvenir for your time in the park—options can include postcards, keychains, t-shirts, books, and an assortment of other ever-changing items. Mail your friends a postcard from the park or bring them a camping mug to take on their own adventures.
At the Discovery Center you’ll also find the trailhead to the Moraine State Park Loop, a moderately challenging 3.4-mile trail that has a 357 feet elevation gain and is great for birdwatching. If you’d like to experience some of the magic of the Rockies, this hike is an excellent and easy way to do it!
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