Scenery and Birding in Rocky Mountain NP

My wife and I enjoyed several days of hiking and birding in Rocky Mountain National Park. These are some of my favorite images I was able to capture.

While on vacation in Colorado last weekend, my wife and I spent a lot of time at Rocky Mountain National Park. We had visited the park before but last time we were there, snow had closed the main road through the mountains and we weren’t able to see much of the park at all. This time, our experience was completely different!

No matter where you are within the park, there is beautiful scenery to be seen and interesting birds to watch.

While there were many birds to look at, and I added a few new ones to my list, the White-tailed Ptarmigan was my main target on the trip. I was very lucky and ran into a couple birders who had just found one making my job of finding this difficult to see bird much easier! After taking some photos with my phone through my spotting scope, I crawled slowly up to the bird and took some fantastic shots with my Canon DSLR!

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Rob Ripma I waited patiently waiting for the right shot as the ptarmigan moved around.
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Rob Ripma When I first approached the ptarmigan, only it’s head was visible.

In order to get to the area where you can see the White-tailed Ptarmigan, you have to drive through Rocky Mountain National Park on one of the most incredible roads I have driven on. For me, Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks in the US. Here are a few of the amazing views you can see as you drive along.

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Rob Ripma The view from the Alpine Visitor’s Center
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Rob Ripma Another view from the Alpine Visitor’s Center.
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Rob Ripma The view from Rainbow Curve.

Have you ever visited Rocky Mountain National Park? If so, where is your favorite place in the park to stop and enjoy the view?

Rob Ripma
Rob is a lifelong Indiana resident and co-owner of Sabrewing Nature Tours. He has birded extensively throughout the Americas and also spent time birding in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Rob is currently on the executive boards of two organizations: Past President of the Board of the Amos Butler Audubon Society in Indianapolis (after leading the board as President for 6 years) and Secretary for Ohio’s Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO). He also serves as the field trip coordinator for BSBO’s Biggest Week in American Birding annual event. Rob sat on the executive board of the Indiana Audubon Society for three years as Treasurer and Vice President. He is a co-founder of the Indiana Young Birders Club and speaks at a variety of organizations and schools about birds and birding to share his knowledge and experiences in the field. His leadership and expertise led to Rob working as the primary bird blogger for Birds & Blooms Magazine from 2013-2017. Rob enjoys working with both new and experienced birders of all ages and believes that teaching people about birds will not only increase interest in birding but also help them better understand why we must work to protect them and their habitats. Additionally, he loves educating others about the positive impact nature tourism can have on local economies, especially in developing countries. This passion led to his involvement in the production of a PBS television program called, “Flight Path: The World of Migratory Birds”, where a crew accompanied him on a tour to Panama to highlight and bring to life the effect that birds and birding have on both the people that see them and those who work and live in areas visited by birders and nature lovers. Rob graduated from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 2008 and lives in Carmel, Indiana with his wife and daughter.