Rocky Mountain National Park
Established in 1915, Rocky Mountain National Park is a generational gift of living, breathing unsurpassed grandeur in the Colorado Rockies. With elevations ranging from 8,000 feet to 14,259 feet at the pinnacle of Longs Peak, the Park offers unparalleled experiences and adventures for visitors of all ages and levels of fitness. Generations of Colorado visitors have tromped the same trails, fished the same streams and been awed by nature at its most glorious.
Drive to the sky on breathtaking Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved highway in the United States. Stand on the summit and gaze down at the distant plains at your feet. There is no end to the adventures and discoveries waiting for you beyond the next curve, over the next ridge, or hidden away in a secluded mountain valley. Meet the challenge of hiking historic trails to sparkling mountain lakes, and follow cascading mountain streams which lead to spectacular waterfalls. Raise your face to feel the spray. Come alive.
You have not seen Colorado without experiencing Rocky Mountain National Park, the state’s most visited destination with its 416 square miles of Rocky Mountain grandeur. This National wilderness area includes 359 miles of hiking trails, 150 lakes and 60 mountain peaks taller than 12,000 feet. In 2010, Trip Advisor named Rocky Mountain National Park the number two outdoor and adventure destination in the World, falling just behind Queenstown, New Zealand.
No other place in Colorado, and few else in the World, have such an abundance of wildlife in their natural environment. Elk, deer, moose, bighorn sheep, black bears, coyotes, cougars and scores of other mammals delight wildlife watchers of all ages. Eagles, hawks and 280 other species of birds may be found in the Park, making it a Global Important Bird Area. With over 900 species of plants in the Park, wildflower lovers are never disappointed between June and mid-August when the meadows and hillsides are painted with an expansive palate of botanical color. Autumn visitors will enjoy bright gold aspens and the high drama of the elk rut during September and October. Many visitors find winter their favorite season with a mantle of snow blanketing the peaks and valleys under crisp blue and sunny skies.