Established on January 26,
1915, Rocky Mountain National Park is a living showcase of the grandeur of
the Rocky Mountains. With elevations ranging from 8,000 feet in the wet,
grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the weather-ravaged top of Long's Peak, a
visitor to the park has opportunities for countless breathtaking
experiences and adventures.
Elk, mule deer, moose, bighorn sheep, black bears,
coyotes, cougars, eagles, hawks and scores of smaller animals delight
wildlife-watchers of all ages. Wildflower-lovers are never disappointed in
June and July when the meadows and hillsides are splashed with botanical
color. Autumn visitors can relax among the golden aspens or enjoy the
rowdier antics of the elk rut (mating season).
359 miles of trail offer endless opportunities to
hikers, backpackers and horseback riders. Fly fishers, bird-watchers and
photographers discover the splendor that they traveled so far to find.
During the winter, snowshoers and cross-country skiers revel in the
white-blanketed tranquility of meadows and forests.
60 peaks rising above 12,000 feet challenge
intrepid hikers and climbers. Anyone visiting between Memorial Day and
late autumn can see many of these peaks eye-to-eye by driving over Trail
Ridge Road. Topping out at 12,183 feet, this is the highest, continuous,
paved road in the United States.
Front-country and backcountry campers have
hundreds of campsites to choose from. Civilization and its amenities are
available in the towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake which flank the park
on the east and west sides respectively. Ranger-led activities are an
entertaining way to learn more about your surroundings. Plan some time to
acclimate to the high altitude and come find your adventure in Rocky
Mountain National Park.