Wildlife

Forget fences there are only mountains here. With over 60 species of mammals, 280 species of birds, and 11 species of fish, Rocky Mountain National Park is bursting with wildlife.

Birds

Designated as a Global Important Bird Area, the Park hosts over 280 species including the Blue Grouse, Tree-toed Woodpecker and Northern Pygmy Owl. Birders primarily flock to Rocky Mountain National Park, due to the large population of high-elevation species residing throughout the Park. Some of the best stops to view are in Moraine Park, Wild Basin and along Trail Ridge Road. Read More...

Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park

The sight that defines Rocky Mountain National Park - an elk surrounded by towering peaks. Reintroduced into the Park in 1913 after becoming nearly wiped out by hunters, Elk now total over 2,500. Highly visible, and known mostly for their loud bugle during mating season, it’s not uncommon to see Elk throughout the Park. Read More...

Moose

Standing over 6 feet tall and weighing between 600 and 1,600 lbs., moose are a common sight within Rocky Mountain National Park, and routinely a visitor favorite. Found primarily in the Kawuneeche Valley east of the Continental Divide, moose were first introduced to the area in 1978 when placed west of the Never Summer Mountains. Read More...

More Wildlife

Lots of times, visitors roam the Park blindly looking for wildlife to magically appear. So to curb that and save you time, dig deeper into MyRockyMountainPark.com, for insider tips, the best viewing spots, and what time of year is best to see different wildlife. Read More...

Top Ten Things to do in Rocky Mountain

1. See Aspens in Fall at Rocky Mountain National Park

Starting in late August, aspens in the highest reaches of the Park begin their annual quaking, a term to describe the aspens unique leaves changing a golden-yellow hue and how they react in wind. Read More...

2. Take in a Festival

Want to dance, drink, and eat good food all in the name of a frozen dead guy? Done. How about attend the best small rodeo in America? Yep, got that covered too. Or how about throwing on a kilt and tossing a kaber? Better yet, how about tossing it with the Rocky Mountains as your backdrop? Done, done and done. Read More...

3. Hike to the Top of Longs Peak

Dominating the skyline, and topping out at 14,259 feet, Longs Peak is the ultimate adventure for enthusiastic hikers. Read More...

4. 350 Miles of Hiking Trails

Over 350 miles of trails crisscross the Park, linking together alpine lakes, jagged peaks, thick lodgepole Pine forests and rocky tundra. Also, right outside the park sits plenty of National Forest land. Read More...

5. See Wild Animals

Home to thousands of Elk, Mule Dear, Marmots, Big Horn Sheep, and the occasional Black Beer, it’s not uncommon to have your Park experience include a wildlife sighting. Read More...

6. Enjoy a Ranger-Led Activity in Rocky Mountain National Park

We know exploring a national park can be an exciting activity to do on your own, but why not spend a few hours and check out a ranger-led program? Read More...

7. Drive Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park

Known appropriately as the Highway to the Sky, Trail Ridge Road crosses the continental divide at a whopping 12,183 feet. Colorado has also designated Trail Ridge Road as a scenic and history byway. Read More...

8. Go Sledding at Hidden Valley Snow Play Area

If you love skiing, snowmobiling, ice climbing, sledding, hut trips, ice skating, and anything that involves frozen water just figure Colorado is the place to be. Read More...

9. Spend a Night in the Historic, Haunted Stanley Hotel

Just six miles from Rocky Mountain National Park and towering above the small mountain town of Estes Park, The Stanley Hotel should be included in every visitors to do list. It was the inspiration for the book & movie, The Shining. The owner was the inventor of the Stanley Steamer car. Stay in this historic 138-room hotel Read More...

10. A Perfect Day in Rocky Mountain National Park

We decided to spill one of our perfect days in Rocky Mountain National Park, just for you. Read More...

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