Upper Beaver Meadows is a montane meadow and visitor attraction in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. The area is known as a good bird-watching spot and its trail leads to a number of other trails within the park. Activities include hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing on Upper Beaver Meadows trail. Upper Beaver Meadows offers two hiking routes. One is on the road which winds along the north side of Beaver Creek for 2 miles (3.2 km). The other is a 1.5 miles (2.4 km) trail that leaves the dirt road, crosses the stream and runs along the south side of the meadow at the base of the moraine. Elk may be seen bedded down among the trees near the trail or along the stream. The trail runs through Upper Beaver Meadows and connects with a number of trails, including Ute Trail, Deer Ridge Trail, Moraine Park, and Windy Gulch.
Visit Rocky Mountain National Park at night, and a different experience awaits. Seeing the Milky Way or a particular constellation can be inspirational for park visitors. In Rocky Mountain National Park, as in other parks, natural darkness of starry skies is an important resource of this special place.
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