Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National ParkOn the north edge of Grand Lake, Colorado, sits Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the most spectacular and popular national parks in the United States. Here are some facts about the park:

  • 416 square miles in size, encompassing 265,769 acres of wilderness
  • 359 miles of trails, originating from 35 trailheads
  • Ski Touring & Snowshoe Trails in the Kawuneeche Valley 
  • Kawuneeche Valley Hiking Trails
  • 150 lakes
  • 476 miles of creeks and streams, including the headwaters of the Colorado River
  • 5 drive-in campgrounds, with 585 campsites more information
  • 200 backcountry camping sites more information
  • 900 species of plants
  • 281 types of birds, including the broadtailed hummingbird, mountain bluebird, osprey and peregrine falcon
  • 60 species of mammals, including elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mule deer, black bears and coyote
  • 3,000 elk reside in Rocky Mountain National Park during the summer
  • The highest, continuous paved road in the United States, Trail Ridge Road, connects Grand Lake to Estes Park, and reaches 12,183 feet
  • The Continental Divide runs through Rocky Mountain National Park – the line that divides the flow of water between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans


Rocky Mountain National Park Visitor Centers

  • There are five visitor centers in Rocky Mountain National Park, which offer:
  • Ranger-led programs (talks, nature walks and bird walks)
  • Interactive exhibits detailing past and present landscapes
  • Children’s discovery rooms
  • Bookstores
  • Free movies and slide shows
  • 3D orientation maps
  • Life-sized wildlife displays
  • Interpretive programs


On your way in or out of Rocky Mountain National Park, check out the shopping, dining, lodging and recreational activities Grand Lake, Colorado has to offer!

Rocky Mountain National Park - Lake with dog

Rocky Mountain National Park - Eagle

Rocky Mountain National Park - Elk

Rocky Mountain National Park - Flowers

Rocky Mountain National Park - hiking

Rocky Mountain National Park - lakes

Rocky Mountain National Park - Snowmobiling