Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park, located in the state of Colorado, is one of the most iconic national parks in the country. Known for its majestic mountains, alpine lakes, and diverse wildlife, the park attracts millions of visitors each year.


Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the oldest national parks in the country. Prior to its establishment, the area was home to various Native American tribes, including the Arapaho and Ute people. The park was first proposed by Enos Mills, a nature enthusiast and conservationist who recognized the need to protect the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Thanks to his efforts and the support of other conservationists, the park was established as a national park in 1915.


The park covers an area of 415 square miles (1,075 square kilometers) and is located in north-central Colorado. It is home to over 100 peaks that reach over 11,000 feet (3,350 meters) in elevation, including Longs Peak, which stands at 14,259 feet (4,346 meters) and is the highest peak in the park. The park also contains numerous glaciers, alpine lakes, and rivers, including the headwaters of the Colorado River.


One of the main attractions is the opportunity to explore its beautiful landscapes. The park contains over 350 miles (560 kilometers) of hiking trails that offer stunning views of the mountains, lakes, and forests. There are trails for all levels of hikers, from easy strolls around the lakes to challenging climbs up the mountain peaks.

Another popular activity in the park is wildlife watching. The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and black bears. Visitors can take a scenic drive through the park to see these animals in their natural habitats or join a guided tour to learn more about the park’s wildlife.

For those who prefer a more leisurely visit, the park also offers several scenic drives. Trail Ridge Road is one of the most popular routes, taking visitors on a 48-mile (77-kilometer) journey through the park’s alpine tundra, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Park Resources

Bear Lake ranger station

Official Map

View from Nymph lake

Park Webcams

Wildflowers along the trail

Trail List

Longs Peak

Trail Conditions

Elevation Maps

Bear Lake Area

Longs Peak Area

Trail Ridge Road Area

Park Trails