ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
Established on January 26, 1915, Rocky Mountain National Park is located in Colorado, nestled between Estes Park to the east and Grand Lake to the west, within the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The Continental Divide lies in the heart of the park, which is also home to the Colorado River headwaters. One of the highest parks in the country, the park spans 425 square miles of magnificent mountain scenery with lush meadows and rugged alpine tundra, pristine alpine lakes, beautiful forests and wildflower laden valleys.
Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, Trail Ridge Road is a popular route crossing the park. Reaching an elevation of 12,183 feet, it is the highest continuous paved road in the country, and is also the highest paved road that crosses the continental divide in Colorado. It is closed during the winter snow season, so before planning to travel along this route, be sure to call (970) 586-1222 or check the road conditions on the park website.
Rocky Mountain National Park was designated as one of the first World Biosphere Reserves. From elk and moose to bobcat and black bear, the park is home to almost 70 mammal species, around 300 bird species, and over 140 butterfly species.
With over 300 miles of hiking trails to explore, along with rock climbing and mountaineering opportunities, wildlife viewing and bird watching, camping and picnicking, horseback riding, fishing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, scenic drives and ranger led programs, it’s no wonder that Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most visited parks in the nation.
For more about Rocky Mountain National Park, call (970) 586-1206 or visit https://www.nps.gov/romo