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Rocky Mountain National Park

Area

Overview

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  • Size

    267011.50 acres

Contact Information

Description

Rocky Mountain National Park’s 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments. 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 fun times. In a world of superlatives, Rocky is on top!

Allowed Activities
Backcountry Skiing
Backpacking
Boating
Fly Fishing
Trail Running
Snowshoeing
Snowboarding
Running
Birdwatching
Cross Country Skiing
Downhill Skiing
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback Riding
Ice Skating
Kayaking
Photography
Picnicking
Rv Camping
Road Biking
Sightseeing
Sledding
Swimming
Tent Camping
Wildlife Watching
Rock Climbing
Good For
Families
Visually Impaired
Wheelchairs
Rules & Regulation
Dogs Permitted With Restrictions
No Unmanned Aircrafts
Fishing Permits Required

Additional Information

Accessibility Description

Welcome to Rocky Mountain National Park. This beautiful park has many accessible facilities for visitors, including visitor centers, scenic overlooks, self-guided trails, campgrounds, some picnic areas, and a backcountry campsite.

This spectacular high-elevation park ranges in altitude from the lowest valleys at about 7,700 feet to the summit of the highest mountain — Longs Peak — at 14,259 feet; scenic Trail Ridge Road crests at 12,183 feet as it crosses the park and the Continental Divide. These high altitudes can worsen preexisting medical conditions. The higher you go, the harder your body needs to work. Allow your body to acclimate: Stay well-hydrated, eat lightly, avoid smoking, and get plenty of rest. Seasonal conditions may make some facilities inaccessible in winter. Enjoy your visit!

Fees & Passes

Entrance fee required. You may purchase 1-day, 7-day, or annual passes at all park entrance stations or online.

Weather

Temperatures are often moderate at elevations below 9,400' (2,865 m). At higher points, like Bear Lake, Trail Ridge Road, or Longs Peak, it may snow even in July.

A wide variation between day and nighttime temperatures is also typical of mountain weather.

Summer days in July and August often reach the 70's or 80's and drop into the 40's at night. All temperatures given are in Fahrenheit.

Based on ten years of precipitation data, Estes Park receives approximately 13.10" of moisture every year. Grand Lake receives about 19.95" yearly. This precipitation comes in the form of rain or snowfall through the year.

Read more on the Rocky Mountain National Park website.