Rocky Mountain is one of Colorado’s most significant touristic attractions, with its peaks that rise more than 14,000 feet above sea level. These sky-scraping mountains make Colorado the tallest state in the nation and lure hikers and photographers anxious for that amazing photo and bragging rights for summiting their heights.
Rocky Mountain National Park’s Longs Peak, Pikes Peak, Maroon Bells, Mount Evans, Mount Sneffels are the five most visited and most beautiful mountains.It is currently attracting more than 4.5 million visitors a year as America’s third-most-popular national park.
Here are five things you must know before visiting the mountains of Colorado:
1. Altitude sickness
When it comes to traveling to high-altitude destinations like Denver and Aspen, Colorado, or the Swiss Alps, altitude sickness affects almost one out of three people.You must be able to recognize the early symptoms of altitude sickness, and you should observe for signs when you are at risk because altitude illnesses can be life-threatening. Some people have no problems with the altitude, and others instantly feel the effects. Drink plenty of water and limit your physical exertion to reasonable levels during your first few days of ascent to altitude.
2. Legal Marijuana
If you didn’t know yet, yes, they do sell marihuana in shops, and it is legal in Colorado, but don’t forget it is forbidden to smoke in public. Marijuana is strictly prohibited on federal land, including National Parks, National Forests, national monuments. Keep in mind that it’s also illegal to transport marijuana out of the state. Just follow the rules and be considerate.
3. Unpredictable weather
Unpredictable weather in Colorado can have some severe implications. From driving to hiking, lack of preparedness, and lack of awareness with regards to the weather can result in severe injury or death. If you’re driving somewhere, especially during the winter months, be aware of what weather you will encounter on the route. Sometimes a lot of mountain roads will close down when conditions get bad, and it’s not just limited to low-traffic mountain passes. Always pack as if you might get stuck somewhere.
4. Expensive ski resorts.
To give you an example, Vail’s single-day, window lift ticket price hits $209; Aspen at $179.If compared to some places in Europe (Austria, Switzerland not included), this is very expensive. But again, you’ll be skiing in the mountains of Colorado, so it’s worth it.
5. Wildlife of Colorado
Watch out for mountains lions. I am joking. They usually come out at night, so maybe you won’t encounter them. You may see animals like moose, mountain goats, foxes, and bears. In most situations, people and wildlife can coexist, and most wild animals are harmless if left alone. In any case, you should always check the laws and regulations for the specific area that you are going to. Don’t forget to bring some things with you: hiking boots, hydration backpack or refillable water bottle, lip balm and sunscreen, extra footwear, plenty of layers, rain jacket (in case of storms), sunglasses, phone/camera, whistle and lots of fun.