Rocky Mountain National Park offers places for family fun, adventure, solitude, recreation, and countless other pursuits. From hiking, horseback riding, camping, scenic drives, wildlife watching, picnics, fishing, and much more, you are sure to love and enjoy this beautiful place!
Rocky Mountain National Park includes some of the highest mountains in the continental United States. The top third of the park encompasses the alpine tundra, a windswept land above the trees. Landscapes on either side of the Continental Divide feature alpine lakes, forested valleys and a wide range of plants and animals. Iconic summer thunderstorms and persistent winter winds are among the forces that continue to shape this majestic landscape.
Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the highest national parks in the nation, with elevations from 7,860 feet to 14,259 feet. Sixty mountain peaks over 12,000 feet high result in world-renowned scenery. The Continental Divide runs north – south through the park, and marks a climatic division. Ancient glaciers carved the topography into an amazing range of ecological zones.
All of Rocky’s features are inseparably connected. Elemental forces of sky and earth still shape the sturdy rock foundation that supports life up to 14,000 feet above sea level. Riparian (wetland) ecosystems speckled across the lower elevations of the park contain lush plant life and dense wildlife. As you move higher, the landscape gives way to evergreen forests and high mountain lakes. Topping out on the alpine tundra reveals a harsh land where life nestles close to the ground in one of the earth’s most extreme environments.
Mother nature is the master builder of the spectacular landscapes and intricate processes that define Rocky Mountain National Park. All forms of life, from tiny diatoms to large herds of elk, have found homes in meadows, mountain peaks and everywhere in between.
Enjoy Trail Ridge Road – which crests at over 12,000 feet including many overlooks to experience the subalpine and alpine worlds – along with over 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers, wildlife, starry nights, and endless fun!
For more information, visit the Rocky Mountain National Park website.