Thanks to Instagram, John Muir quotes, and the prevalence of landscape photography, the Rocky Mountain National Parks have seen a huge surge of traffic in the last 5 years. Attendance at Glacier National Park, for instance, has grown from 2 Million annual visitors in 2010 to 3 Million visitors in 2016. Halfway through 2017, those records are being shattered once again.
With that much traffic comes overcrowded parking lots and way too many selfie sticks. The tips laid out below will help you navigate the crowds while still finding the best views, and, most importantly, preserving these natural treasures for generations to come.