Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP, or “The Park”, as the locals call it) is located approximately 65 miles or 1.5 hours from downtown Denver in Colorado’s Front Range Mountains. This makes the park a fantastic option for a day trip or multi-day getaway.
RMNP offers the angler a seemingly endless number of stream and lake fishing options throughout the park. Wild fish species within the park include: Rainbow, Brook, Brown, and Cutthroat Trout. At Rocky Mountain Fly Fishing, we focus on dry fly fishing for these species and practice catch-and-release fishing on all waters, to conserve our fisheries.
We fish waters on both the eastern and western side of the park. Straddling the Continental Divide, and elevations from 8,000-12,000+ feet (14,259 feet at the highest point), all parts of the park offer a new experience to the angler. Here is a general overview of what you can expect within the park:
The east side of the park is the most popular, as it is the closest side to the Denver, Boulder, and Loveland/Fort Collins metro areas. It is accessed via Highway 36 through the town of Estes Park. This side offers the most roadside accessibility to many attractions, such as Moraine Park, Bear Lake, and the Fall River valley. This side also offers more lodging and easily-accessible camping. Some fishing options include:
- Big Thompson River
- Fall River
- Glacier Creek
Being a slightly longer drive from Denver, fewer visitors make the drive to this side of the park. It is accessed via Highway 34, outside of the town of Grand Lake. This side is a bit more lush, as it receives more precipitation during the year. With fewer visitors and roads on this side of the park, you’ll be able to find solitude, and your own piece of water, much easier. Some fishing options include:
- Colorado River
- Tonahutu Creek
- Onahu Creek