Rocky Mountain National Park

Visitors to Rocky Mountain National park are met with breathtaking views of the spectacular Rocky Mountain range, with 60 peaks over 12,000 feet, small permanent glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, and historic and cultural treasures including ancient trails, game drives, cattle ranches, and lodges.

The park includes an amazing diversity of ecosystems: alpine tundra with tiny, brilliant wildflowers that survive the harsh conditions above 11,000 feet, fragrant pines and delicate aspens of the montane forests, to the wet grassy valleys with meandering streams. The park offers over 350 miles of hiking trails, 200 backcountry sites, endless angling, birding and wildlife viewing opportunities, as well as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter.

If You Go

The lesser-traveled hike up Estes Cone for spectacular views of Estes Park, the Twin Sisters, Longs Peak and the Mummy Range just to name a few. A drive over Trail Ridge Road provides amazing vistas, and, if you are lucky, a glimpse of Bighorn sheep.

Did You Know?

The Continental Divide runs northwest to southeast through the center of the park atop the high peaks. This accounts for two distinct climate patterns—one arid on the east side near Estes Park and the other more humid with almost twice the annual precipitation in the Grand Lake area on the park's west side.

—Ann Froschauer

Read More in NPCA's Park Advocate Blog

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Blitzed with Butterflies

A clouded yellow sulfur butterfly at Blackwater Wildlife Management Area, Cambridge, Maryland.Clouded sulfur? Mormon fritillary? Hoary comma? I had never heard of such intriguing creatures before last month, but the Rocky Mountain BioBlitz put me in close proximity to all three. No fear factor or injuries sustained. Just a stroll in a sub-alpine meadow in an effort to inventory butterflies. The BioBlitz at Rocky Mountain National […]

Friday Photo: Hi-Def Yosemite Webcam the Latest Online Glimpse into the National Parks

Lower Yosemite FallsComputers and mobile devices around the world were roaring with the beauty of waterfalls this week as officials at Yosemite National Park announced  a new webcam at the park, giving users a view of the spectacular Upper Yosemite Falls–the tallest waterfall in North America, rising 2,425 feet from the valley floor. The webcam updates every 30 seconds […]








May 12, 2014

My research is complete, and to my opinion this park is astonishing. Definately a park to visit :)


May 8, 2014

I just researched this place and it sounds amazing I want to go there


October 22, 2013

i hope i learn alot about this park while i am working on my project


August 3, 2013

RMNP is awesome. We were there in late July this year. The cool mountain air and scenery on the hikes and drives are absolutely spectacular. Love the high mountain lake hikes that start from Bear Lake. We saw elk, moose, coyotes, and marmots as well. Can't wait to return soon.


June 21, 2013

Rocky Mountain holds a special place in my heart and is one of my favorite parks in the US. It has been several years since I have been there last, and I am ready to go again! The smell of the pines, the quiet, the mountains, the rush of cool water...It brings a smile just thinking about Rocky Mountain.


November 6, 2012

im doing a school project on this national park. i went to it a few years ago as well. real good place to visit.

East Coaster

September 12, 2012

I have been to RMNP twice before but will be spending my first over night camping trip with some friends and we are looking forward to some great views and fishing. I wanted to know from some more experienced travelers to the park what ways are best to enjoy fishing and what views might be better along the way from the Bear Lake route headed to the Odessa Lake, Spruce Lake and Cub Creek camp sights might be.We will be ther the end of Sept to Oct 2nd. Please advise. Thanks


March 7, 2012

When I was a boy I had the most wonderful Day in my life. I had 7 kids. They loved it there.


January 20, 2012

I was there in August. I dream of going back and riding trail ridge road.


November 26, 2011

When I lived in CO, this was a must visit at least 4 times a year. I have seen the bighorn sheep, the beaver and even the moose. I love everything up there and it is the thing I miss most. I have wonderful photos I will share.


November 18, 2011

We visit it every year and stay in Estes park. It's beautiful up in the alpine center and there's a really neat trail that leads you down the mountain. Bear lake also has some nice trails leading off all over the place


November 10, 2011

I went there 2 years ago. And my family and I had a wonderful time! We could fill a scrap book with all the amazing pictures we had! We hiked, toured and just took a drive, a great way to spend time with the family! What a fun trip!


November 10, 2011

We have visited other major National Parks (Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce...) and Rocky Mtn. has become our recent favorite. We visited the past 2 summers in June. The mountains and trails show something unique about each. Love it and can't wait to go back!


November 10, 2011

Just returned from our 42nd visit to RMNP---all but 2 visits in the Summer, since the Summer of '72. Hike any lakes or mountains you can. If still young enough, go up Long's Peak. It's worth the effort. Had to come home to 110 degrees, this week! Wish we were still in COOL RMNP!

Mike B.

November 10, 2011

I was there in June this year. Got to see the Bighorn sheep, an awesome treat. Even though there was an abundance of snow still around it was really great!

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