Mikaela Ruland

Mikaela Ruland

Mikaela is a sales and content specialist for National Park Trips. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. Her writing has appeared online for brands like Copper Mountain Ski Area and Keep Nature Wild and in print for the National Park Journals.

Based out of Boulder, Colo., Rocky Mountain National Park is in Mikaela’s backyard. Her favorite place in the park? Emerald Lake in the winter.

Mikaela’s passion is to inspire others to get out and experience life. She spends most of her free-time outside hiking, skiing, climbing, taking photos, camping, snowshoeing, doing yoga – you name it! When she’s not outside, you can find her exploring hipster coffee shops or on the hunt for Denver’s best mac n’ cheese. You can follow her adventures on Instagram @themillennialoutside

One of the waterfalls on Cascade Creek Trail in Durango, Colorado

Choose Your Own Adventure in Durango

Your adventure can be as crazy or mild as you want it to be. Choose water, land, train or foodie escapades.

American Coach Rev RV driving on wooded road

Best RV Campgrounds in Colorado

We’ve rounded up the most RV-friendly campground for the summer season in all four Colorado national parks, plus two national monuments.

Conductor in the caboose of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad train

Take a Journey through Time on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Board the train on either end of the line for a full day of jaw-dropping views. If you didn’t know better, you might think you’d been transported back to 1880.

Feeding bison from the train at the Terry Bison Ranch in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Old West meets New West in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Western ranch and rodeo charm meets a vibrant, music and nightlife scene

Rifle Falls State Park in Colorado

More to Explore in 41 Colorado State Parks

While Colorado’s national parks might steal the spotlight, its 41 state parks are often less crowded and just as beautiful. Here are eight of our favorite picks.

Participants of the Photo Workshop in Rocky Mountain National Park in 2018

National Park Photography Workshops

National Park Trips Media and Tamron have teamed up to offer Photo Workshops inside your favorite national parks.

Autumn at Great Sand Dunes National Park

48 Hours in Great Sand Dunes National Park

Make your time in the park count with our detailed itinerary! This other-worldly park boasts the tallest sand dunes in North America.

Photographer at Great Sand Dunes National Park

10 Things to Do in Great Sand Dunes National Park

Home to the highest sand dune in North America, this park is packed with amazing things to do. Check out our Top 10.

Gunnison Point at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

48 Hours in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

With incredible sheer black cliffs, a history-filled past and abundant plants and wildlife, this park is one of Colorado’s most under-rated destinations

Sunset at the Painted Wall in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

10 Things to do in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

With its striking black sheer cliffs, some might argue that the Black Canyon may be even more impressive than the Grand Canyon. Discover for yourself.

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Dwellings

10 Things to Do in Mesa Verde National Park

Explore ruins abandoned 200 years before Christopher Columbus set foot in the “new world” plus 9 more fun activities.

Mikaela Ruland crawls through the tunnel at Balcony House in Mesa Verde National Park

48 Hours in Mesa Verde National Park

There's more to do beyond the main attraction of touring ancient cliff ruins. Take a hike, gaze from a fire tower or have dinner with a view.

Enjoying the Arkansas River as it runs through Salida in Chaffee County

Discover a Mountain Paradise in Salida

From weekly festivals to unparalleled outdoor recreation, Salida is a mountain town that offers it all.

Bird's eye view of the Quality Inn Estes Park with the Rocky Mountains in the background

Stay at the Quality Inn Estes Park near Rocky Mountain National Park

This family-owned, modern hotel on the eastern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park is the perfect base for your vacation.

Aerial view of the city of Estes Park at the east entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park

Where to Stay at Rocky Mountain National Park

Plan your perfect vacation now using our tips on the best hotels, cabins and camping in and around Rocky Mountain National Park

Monolith in Monument Canyon at Colorado National Monument

Where to Stay at Colorado National Monument

Make the most out of your trip to Colorado’s Western Slope with our hotels and camping guide.

Big Joe riverside campsite for rafters on the Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument

Where to Stay Near Dinosaur National Monument

Plan a wild trip back in time with our guide to hotels, cabins and camping.

Hiker at Exclamation Point in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Where to Stay Near Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Start planning your off-the-beaten path vacation with our tips on hotels, cabins and camping.

Road to Great Sand Dunes National Park

Where to Stay Near Great Sand Dunes National Park

Get ready for a magical vacation in the sand with our insider information on hotels, cabins and camping near the national park in Colorado.

Point Lookout, Lone Cone and Knife Edge in Mesa Verde National Park at dusk

Where to Stay Near Mesa Verde National Park

You're sure to have well-rested vacation with our insider information on hotels, cabins and camping near Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado.

Sevag Kazanci (left) and Keith Eshelman (right), co-founders of Parks Project

A Parks Project for Goodness Sake

Giving back to national parks with thoughtful products

El Moro Spirits and Tavern in Durango

Community First in Durango, Colorado

The great outdoors, creative food and passion for the community meet in Durango, Colo. But its heart is the Durango & Silverton Railroad.

Scott Ortman, top, at an arroyo in southwest Colorado near Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde’s “Lost” People

Turkeys, language and oral histories tell the story of the vanished people of Mesa Verde, who, as it turns out, weren’t lost at all.

Sightseeing from the road in Park County, Colorado

Drive Colorado’s Best-Kept Secret Road in Park County

Point your wheels towards evergreen forests, pristine rivers and abundant wildlife opening up to a beautiful high alpine valley, guarded by breathtaking peaks.

Courtyard and bike at the Rochester Hotel and Leland House in Durango, Colo.

History, Scenery and a Foodie’s Paradise at the Rochester Hotel and Leland House

“Everyone’s welcome here.” It's the best reason to stop in Durango, Colo. on your way to Mesa Verde National Park.

RV on a mountain road

4 RV Tips for Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Made up of two main areas separated by a canyon, the rims are close in distance as the crow flies but are two hours apart by road.

RV driving on the park road inside Great Sand Dunes National Park

5 RV Tips for Great Sand Dunes National Park

While the park road is relatively flat, many roads in the Rockies are winding and involve driving alpine passes. Here's the best route for an RV.

Mountain biking on Steve's Loop near Fruita, Colorado

Singletrack, World Famous Pizza and a Headless Chicken in Fruita

Fruita is famous for its world class mountain biking, with endless miles of single track trails, but in summer the key is to get wet!

Eagle flying back to its nest near Brighton, Colo.

Brighton's Gems on the Eastern Plains

Cinnamon rolls, eagles and craft brews in a refurbished temple await in Brighton, Colo. east of Denver

Airstream Trailer at Dolores River Camp

Glamping Near Mesa Verde

Stay in an Airstream, yurt, cabin or tent at the Delores River Campground in Southwestern Colorado

RV on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park

5 RV Tips for Rocky Mountain National Park

Explore the majestic Rockies in your home on wheels with these tips to help you choose where to camp, how to prepare and what to do with your pets.