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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Established in 1915, Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) protects 415 square miles of spectacular mountain scenery that includes 60+ mountains 12,000ft in elevation or higher. Longs Peak, one of the most technically challenging 14,000ft peaks in Colorado, is the highest in Rocky. The park is home to 280 types of birds, including eagles and hawks, as well as 60 species of animals, such as bighorn sheep, black bears, coyotes, elk, mule deer, and moose. Rocky has been the third most visited national park in the United States for several years.

Fire in the Park

In October 2020, the East Troublesome Fire reached the west side of the park and then jumped the Continental Divide to burn on the east side. In all, 30,000 acres, equaling  10% of the park, burned. Most of the fire damage is visible on the west side. Some trails were affected by the fire and may not open this year. Please check the park’s website for updates and conditions.

More than 94.8% of the park is designated wilderness. Of the 265,847.74 acres, 89,099 acres, or 33%, is above treeline, an ecosystem known as the alpine tundra.

Activities in the Park

RMNP offers more than 350 miles of hiking trails, from leisurely strolls to intense mountain climbs. Hiking options have a wide range of distances, elevation changes, and terrains, so there’s a hike for everyone’s style and ability in the park.

For the adventuresome trout angler,  Rocky has 147 lakes. Not all have fish,  so stop by a visitor center and pick up a brochure listing lakes with fishing and park regulations.

Horseback riding is permitted within Rocky, with more than 260 miles of trails open to horses, mules, ponies, llamas, and burros.

Bicycles are permitted on Trail Ridge Road. There is no shoulder, and the road twists and turns. Be aware that many drivers are looking at the scenery and are not used to mountain driving. So ride carefully.

In the winter months, visitors may also enjoy snowshoeing and cross country skiing throughout Rocky.

Visitor Centers

All park visitor centers are ADA accessible and have restrooms, bookstores, visitor information, and seasonal water fountains. There is limited potable drinking water in the park, so please plan accordingly and bring your own water. All visitor centers are closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Rangers will be available in locations near the visitor centers to answer visitor questions.

Driving App

GuideAlong, an excellent driving app for Rocky, might just be the perfect companion as you drive through the park. It’s fun, educational, and enjoyable.

Trail Ridge Road

A reservation system is in place: May 26-Oct. 22, 2023

There are two types of reservations available:

If you want to drive through the park on Trail Ridge Road, you still need a Timed Entry Permit between 9am-2pm.

For more details, visit

Reservations can be made at


Rocky has several area closures to protect plants and animals. There are also closures for fire recovery.

Please visit for updated information.

Updated Info

The Fall River Entrance is under construction through the summer of 2023. Until then, visitors are advised to use the main Beaver Meadows Entrance.


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