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Line to get into Rocky Mountain National Park more than a mile long

The 4th of July holiday weekend brought some serious traffic to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Credit: Courtesy RMNP

ESTES PARK, Colo. — It’s a beautiful summer holiday weekend, and if you decided to get outside and explore Colorado, you are definitely not alone … especially if Rocky Mountain National Park factored into the equation.

The park tweeted Friday afternoon that it “remains very busy and congested.”

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No parking is available along Bear Lake Roads and the Wild Basin, and even the Alpine Visitor parking lot is full.

The craziest part? The line to get into Rocky Mountain National Park on U.S. 36 at Beaver Meadows is a mile long.

Let’s repeat that: the line is ONE. MILE. LONG.

One option, if waiting in line to enjoy the solitary splendor of nature is not your speed, is to take the bus into the park instead.

Rocky Mountain National Park was the third most-visited in the country last year, with more than 4.5 million people taking in the sights. 

That's a 42% increase in visitors over 2012, the park said. 

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