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Where Is Rocky Mountain National Park?

Rocky Mountain National Park in the north central part of Colorado was created by the National Park Service in 1915 to preserve 358.3 square miles of forests and Alpine beauty. The Park lies about 1 hours northwest of Denver, Colorado between the towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake and is a very popular vacation destination, especially in the summer.

About one third of Rocky Mountain National Park is above tree line while the remainder of the Park has dense evergreen forests and creeks meandering through glacial valleys. The Park hosts a wide variety of wildlife from elk and moose to beavers and many types of birds. It is also well know for fishing amid spectacular vistas for 4 kinds of trout.

Enjoying a Visit to Rocky Mountain National Park

Anyone who visits Colorado can have a great vacation at Rocky Mountain National Park and in the neighboring towns of Estes Park on the east and Grand Lake on the west. Even if you are not the outdoorsy type and don't like to hike, the scenic drive along the 50 mile long Trail Ridge Road (open in the summer) is both literally and figuratively breathtaking. You can pull your car over at the many turnouts, for picture taking, as you wind your way up from the forests to the alpine tundra and down again, across the Continental Divide, to follow the headwaters of the Colorado River.

Rocky Mountain National Park has miles and miles of hiking trails, for all abilities, some of which allow horseback travel. The energetic can climb snow-capped peaks in the backcountry while the casual vacation visitor can take a leisurely stroll through the woods, perhaps along a clear water creek to view a cascading water fall.