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National Geographic Rocky Mountain National Park road guide : the essential guide for motorists
Schmidt, Thomas, 1959-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Washington, DC : National Geographic, [2004]

Physical Description:
93 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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F782.R59 S36 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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When the scenery out the car window is breathtaking, drivers and their passengers want maximum gaze time. Our popular road guide features contiguous text and maps that visitors can follow as they drive along. Its efficient design eliminates having to flip back and forth between maps and text while counting odometer mileage--a major frustration with other road guides.

This indispensable book tracks the major roads within Rocky Mountain National Park and provides detailed topographical maps that point out where to look for wildlife, geological formations, and historical sites. Also included are locations for camping, fishing, and boating.

This road guide not only helps visitors find their way around but also makes the trip richer, more interesting, and more enjoyable. Discover these roadside wonders:
* Towering mountains--Longs Peak, Mount Meeker, and 100 other named peaks over 10,000 feet
* A profusion of animals, including Shadow Mountain Lake's osprey, Sheep Lakes's bighorn sheep, Chasm Falls's water ouzels, Moraine Park's elk, and Kawuneeche Valley's coyotes, mule deer, and moose
* Fascinating history at MacGregor Ranch, the Stanley Hotel, the site of the 1880 Lulu City settlement, and Ute Trail, which was once an ancient footpath across the tundra
* The stunning beauty of Rainbow Curve, Forest Canyon Overlook, and Grand Lake Lodge Vista

Author Notes

Thomas Schmidt is an expert on Lewis and Clark's Voyage of Discovery, and he has written extensively about the nature and history of the Rocky Mountain region. He is the author of several of National Geographic's road guides to US national parks, including the one for Yosemite. Schmidt lives in Bozeman, Montana.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Guidep. 5
Introduction: A Land Lifted High Above the Treesp. 6
Travelers' Informationp. 10
On the Road/Road Mapsp. 17
Peaks Finders
Upper Beaver Meadowsp. 22
Many Parks Curvep. 26
Rainbow Curvep. 30
Forest Canyon Overlookp. 32
Rock Cut Overlookp. 36
Farview Curvep. 44
Grand Lakep. 52
Horseshoe Park Overlookp. 62
Glacier Basin Campgroundp. 72
Moraine Park Museump. 82
Longs Peak Turnoutp. 88
Trail Maps
Bear Lake Areap. 76
Longs Peak Areap. 90
Wild Basin Areap. 92
Indexp. 94
Further readingp. 95