Explore Another Side of Rocky Mountain National Park

Denver resident Scott F. Gelbard contributes to both domestic and international companies as a business consultant. An avid outdoorsman, Scott Gelbard often takes advantage of Colorado’s mountainous terrain and national preserves.

Accessed from the Peak to Peak Scenic Highway, the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park offers an array of day hikes, backcountry campgrounds, and breathtaking views. From the Wild Basin’s trailheads, which begins at approximately 8,500 feet above sea level, hikers can access more than half a dozen stunning alpine lakes surrounded by jagged granite peaks.

The creeks running through the region ice over in winter, but become roaring channels for snow melt throughout the spring and early summer. Wild Basin is also home to Copeland Falls, which sits less than half a mile from the trailhead, as well as Ouzel Falls and Calypso Cascades. In addition to its scenic allure, Wild Basin attracts visitors hoping to avoid the crowds that explore Rocky Mountain National Park from its more popular entrance near the town of Estes Park.