We have been to the stratospheric Rocky Mountain National Park twice: 2012 and 2018.
In 2012, we came from the south and had to negotiate the Milner Pass at 10759 ft. But that was just the tip of the iceberg.
Rocky Mountain National Park is a spectacular place. It’s the only place in America where you can drive a paved road over 12,000 ft in elevation. Also, around every corner is a spectacular view. Also, this park is closed in the winter, for good reason. It must be inundated with snow by early September.
We drove through in July, which is prime season for tourists. It was a little crowded. Also, it was cold. We ended up driving to the elevation of 12,183 ft (3,713 m), which is the highest elevation we had ever achieved on any of our WVO roadtrips.
In 2018, it was even colder. Even though we were driving up in late June, the temperatures decreased dramatically. As we climbed the hiking path at the Alpine Ridge Trail, the light rain turned into flurries. We didn’t plan for 32 degree weather and high winds for a summer roadtrip, but it was still cool to experience.