GyPsy Guide provides a professional tour guide commentary along scenic drives. Our tours highlight the very best of the region with entertaining stories about history, geology, legends and local advice, so all you have to do is drive, listen and soak in the scenery.
The App that’s just like having a tour guide in your car!™
Stories, local tips and directions as you drive, so you don’t miss a thing.
All the benefits of a guided tour, the freedom to drive yourself.
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ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK & NEARBY DRIVING TOUR APPS
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK – GYPSY GUIDE
Rocky Mountain National Park boasts the very best of what Colorado and the Rocky Mountains has to offer: unbelievably scenic mountains, awesome hiking and superb wildlife viewing. But perhaps the most memorable aspect of the Park is that it was created with the driving visitor in mind.
No where else in the country can you drive a scenic route that brings you above the treeline and into the alpine tundra for 11 miles, reaching altitudes over 12,000 feet. There are many scenic viewpoints and overlooks along the driving route, and this tour will guide you all the way.
This is a truly unique experience that has thrilled drivers and passengers since the 1920s.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK TOUR
Join the tour route from Estes Park on the eastern side of the Park by driving towards either of the 2 entrance stations. From the west, the tour begins at the drive from the town of Grand Lake towards the entrance station.
Commentary plays on all roads within the Park.
Trail Ridge Road
Old Fall River Road
Alpine Visitor Center
Rainbow Curve Overlook
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK TOUR ROUTE MAP
Join the tour at these locations, or anywhere along the route. As you pass through the next point, commentary will trigger automatically.
LISTEN TO SAMPLE COMMENTARY
Where does the tour start?
The entry locations for Rocky Mountain National Park are on the eastern side at Estes Park, or on the western side at Grand Lake.
Estes Park is the much busier side and the mountain has many accommodations and services for visitors. There are 2 entrance stations for the National Park on this side; Beaver Meadows and Fall River. On busy days, the line up may be shorter at the Fall River entrance – but not guaranteed. Commentary begins right in town and will lead you to the entrance stations.
Grand Lake is a smaller town and less busy. The commentary begins as you drive the short drive between the town and the entrance station.
You can of course, join anywhere along the route. There is no requirement that you must start at the beginning.
What should I bring?
Its important to keep charging your device as you drive and we recommend using a DC cigarette lighter-style of charger. Plugging directly into the vehicle’s USB port is not recommended.
Fill up with gas before you enter the Park. The distances are not huge, so you will not be likely to used up more than a half tank of gas.
It’s a good idea to bring food and drinks with you – especially water as we will be reaching very high altitudes. The only place where you can purchase food and drinks inside the Park is at the Alpine Visitor Centre. Drinking lots of water will help reduce the chance of getting a headache from the altitude.
Always bring a jacket as weather can change quickly in the mountains, and we will be in some high and exposed places on this drive. Sturdy shoes are recommended if hiking, as well as a hat if its a sunny day.
Make sure you have lots of memory for your camera or phone – you will take many photos!
Can I tour the entire Park in one day?
It is possible to drive all of the roads in a single, but very long, day. Its highly recommended to have at least 2 days to allow yourself enough time to stop at the many places of interest and scenic locations. Even the short hikes are very rewarding and recommended.
Of course, having more than 2 days is best and will allow you more time for wildlife spotting and seeing the views at different times of day, Plus being able to enjoy more of the short, or even longer hikes.
You can experience the Park as a one way trip. Eg, start in Estes Park and finish in Grand Lake. The best thing to do is to drive all the way from one end to the other, and back again.
Old Fall River Road in a one way road and can only be driven uphill. Be aware that you will need to double back if you want to drive both Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road from Estes Park – and that is something you should do.
Can any vehicle drive Old Fall River Road?
Old Fall River Road is not paved. Its has a gravel surface, but it is very well maintained – so any standard vehicle will be just fine for doing this historic drive.
This road has a shorter season and often does not open until 4th July and will normally close before Trail Ridge Road. Check at the Info Centers or on the NPS website to see the status of the road.
Trailers and oversize vehicles cannot travel this road due to the tight switchbacks.
I'm not from the USA - will I need data?
There is no requirement for any data or wifi network connection while you drive. The app only uses the free gps signal to operate. You can leave your cellular data function turned off – the tour will still work.