Nature February 13, 2020
Reenact The Famous John Denver Song In The Rocky Mountains Of Colorado
While the official state song of Colorado is “Where the Columbines Grow” by Dr. Arthur John Fynn, native Coloradans have an unofficial tune that we prefer, which is – of course – “Rocky Mountain High” by John Denver. Written and recorded in 1972, “Rocky Mountain High” was penned after Denver’s move to Aspen, which is where he discovered his love of the Rocky Mountains and the state of Colorado. Do you want to re-live this Americana classic for yourself? Here is how you can:
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For those who have never heard the ballad, "Rocky Mountain High" tells the story of a young man who recently moved to Colorado and quickly grew to love it (like Denver himself) and tells of his experiences around the Rocky Mountains.
After his move to the Centennial State, the young man experiences several "Only in Colorado" adventures, which include the following stanzas.
"But the Colorado rocky mountain high
I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky
The shadow from the starlight is softer than a lullaby
Rocky mountain high (Colorado)."
When it comes to sunsets, there is literally no better place to be than Colorado, which boasts the most vibrant of skies setting behind dramatic peaks, trees, and cliffs. Once the sun sets, be sure to stick around, as the skies above the mountains are nearly always transparent and showcase the brightest of stars and constellations.
"He climbed cathedral mountains, he saw silver clouds below
He saw everything as far as you can see."
It is no secret that the Rockies consist of climbable mountains, so if you want to climb so high that you pass the clouds, we recommend visiting the iconic Longs Peak (elevation 14,255 feet)! Not quite ready for a 14er? No problem, as there is also Twin Sisters Peaks (11,427 feet), Hallett Peak (12,713 feet), and Mount Julian (12,927 feet).
"Now he walks in quiet solitude the forest and the streams
Seeking grace in every step he takes."
Do you prefer peaceful strolls over grueling climbs? There are plenty of forests and streams to walk in Rocky Mountain National Park, including the beautiful Lily Ridge Trail (pictured).
"His sight has turned inside himself to try and understand
The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake."
Do you say you want the serenity of a clear blue mountain lake? Then you have come to the right place! What will it be? Ouzel Lake? Lake Estes? Dream Lake (pictured)? Take your pick, as they are all magnificent!
"It's Colorado rocky mountain high
I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky
Friends around the campfire and everybody's high."
No, no, not THAT kind of high... Denver is referring to the inner peace and elation that comes from being surrounded by some of the most pristine landscapes in the world! Do you long for good friends and a warm campfire in a gorgeous setting? Then plan to stay at one (or all) of RMNP's 5 campgrounds! For more information on reservations and locations, please visit Rocky Mountain National Park's
Please note: When it was first released (and even today), Denver's "Rocky Mountain High" was both misinterpreted and censored, as it was believed that the song was referring to an actual drug high. This is not the case and merely refers to the joy that John Denver found in the area.
What is your preferred “Rocky Mountain High”? Let us know in the comments! To learn even more about this famous area, check out
5 Things Everyone Should Know Before Traveling To Rocky Mountain National Park. Address: Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA