Rocky Mountain

Rocky Mountain Fast Facts

  • Rocky Mountain National Park covers a total area of 265,873 acres
  • The number of people visiting Rocky Mountain in 2016 was 4,517,585 *
  • Rocky Mountain was made a national park on January 26, 1915
  • The lowest elevation found in Rocky Mountain is 7,630 feet at Big Thompson River
  • The highest elevation found in Rocky Mountain is 14,259 feet on Longs Peak
  • The entrance fee for Rocky Mountain is $20 per vehicle per week
  • Rocky Mountain National Park lies in the Mountain time zone
  • We last visited Rocky Mountain National Park in September 2015
* Complete annual visitation stats can be found at Rocky Mountain Visitation Statistics

Random Facts About Rocky Mountain

  • Trail Ridge Road (which connects Grand Lake and Estes Park) opened in July 1932. About 11 miles of the road is above timberline, as the road climbs to an elevation of 12,183 feet.
  • On January 26, 1915 President Woodrow Wilson signed the legislation that created Rocky Mountain National Park.
  • In September of 2013, devastating flooding occurred all around the Rocky Mountain National Park, and within it. The park was closed for a time, and large amounts of damage were done. Some areas look quite different now, notably the Alluvial Fan area.
  • In 2000, Rocky Mountain National Park was designated as a Globally Important Bird Area. 280 species have been found here since the park’s creation. Along with a huge variety of common and migratory species, many of the species of the park are unique to the mountainous habitats of the Southern Rocky Mountains.
  • Plants are heavily controlled by the elevations. The lowest elevations in the park are montane forests and grassland. Ponderosa pine is most common. At higher elevations Douglas fir trees are found. Above 9,000 is the subalpine forest, including Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir. Above tree line (about 11,500 feet) is the vast alpine tundra of mostly grasses and small flowering plants.

Where is Rocky Mountain National Park?

Rocky Mountain National Park is located along the Rocky Mountain range in northern Colorado. The major gateway town to the park is Estes Park on the east side. Grand Lake stands outside the western entrance. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Rocky Mountain.


Beaver Meadows Entrance
(40.366719248068186, -105.5799703008961)
Wild Basin Entrance
(40.2190960876023, -105.53572735225316)
Grand Lake Entrance
(40.271187889871925, -105.83474242695956)
Fall River Entrance
(40.40348609741143, -105.58996957610361)

More About Rocky Mountain

We have pages on all sorts of things about Rocky Mountain National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, Hiking Trails, Road Guides, HD Video Clips, and pages to buy Books and Trail Maps. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.