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    Rocky Mountain

    National Park Colorado

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Park Publications

Rocky Mountain National Park publishes several brochures and periodicals.

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Official Park Newspaper
Rocky Mountain National Park's official newspaper published seasonally.

Periódico Oficial del Parque
The 2010 park newspaper in Spanish.

Trip Planner-Rocky Mountain National Park
Published by the park's cooperating association, Rocky Mountain Nature Association, this guide will help you plan every aspect of your trip to Rocky.

Access (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 492 kb)
Accessible areas and services in Rocky Mountain National Park. For more information about accessibility in the park, click here.

Alpine Tundra (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 879 kb)
Over one-third of Rocky Mountain National Park is alpine tundra.

Archaeology (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 360 kb)
Colorado has been the home to prehistoric Indians since the end of the last Ice Age.

2012 Artist In Residence Brochure (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 614 kb)
Information on the park's Artist In Residence program, including an application for the 2012 season.

Aspen Beauty (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 460 kb)
The beauty of this deciduous tree adds diversity and color to the tree population of the park.

Aspenglen Campground (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 555 kb)
Located near the Fall River on Route 34, this campground is open during the summer months. For more information about camping, click here.

Backcountry Camping Guide-text only (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 39 kb)
Backcountry camping information in a small, text-only version. For more information about camping in Rocky's backcountry, click here.

Bears and You! (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 735 kb)
Seeing a wild bear is an unforgettable experience! Black bears eat, sleep, and live here. Will you help protect Rocky's black bears?

Bear Lake Summer Trails (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 508 kb)
Hiking trails available in the vicinity of Bear Lake Road

Bear Lake Winter (8 1/2 x 14-506 kb) Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the Bear Lake area

Beaver Meadows Visitor Center & Headquarters Building (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 499 kb)
This structure designed by Tom Casey of Taliesin (Frank Lloyd Wright's firm) is a National Historic Landmark.

Bus Tours (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 273 kb)
Health and safety for professional bus tours.

Camping 2011 (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 350 kb)
There are five campgrounds located in Rocky Mountain National Park. For more information about campgrounds, click here.

Facts & Figures 2011 (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 574 kb)
Visitation, acreage, elevations and resources at Rocky Mountain National Park

Fall River Area (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 367 kb)
Hiking trails available in the Fall River area

Fees & Passes (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 160 kb)
Entrance fees and annual passes to Rocky Mountain National Park

Fish, Amphibians & Reptiles Checklist (8 1/2 x 11 -PDF 238 kb) What fish are native or introduced in Rocky Mountain National Park and what amphibians and reptiles can be found in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Fishing (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 357 kb)
Information & Regulations

Flood! (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 927 kb)
The Big Thompson flood of 1976 and the Lawn Lake flood of 1982.

Forest Health: Bark Beetles & Fire (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 611 kb)
Newsletter about forest health in Rocky Mountain National Park, update for 2009.

Geology (8 1/2 x 14 -PDF 357 kb)
Discover the history of the geology of Rocky Mountain National Park

Glacier Basin Campground (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 452 kb)
Open during the summer months, this wooded campground is located close to several trailheads. For more information about camping, click here.

Horses & Pack Animals (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 400 kb) Information about riding and camping with your horses, mules, and llamas in Rocky Mountain National Park (for information about the two stables located within the park and making reservations for organized rides, click here)

Kawuneeche Valley Hiking Trails (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 361 kb)
Hiking trails available in the Kawuneeche Valley on the west side of the park

Lightning (8 1/2 x 11 -PDF 252 kb) How to deal with thunderstorm and lightning conditions in the high country.

Longs Peak-Keyhole Route (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 765 kb)
The Keyhole Route to the summit of majestic Longs Peak is not a hike, however, it is an extrordinary experience for those who come prepared.

Longs Peak Campground (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 506 kb)
The park's smallest campground is for tents only and is located near the Longs Peak Trailhead. It is open year round. For more information about camping, click here.

Moraine Park Campground (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 286 kb)
Rocky Mountain National Park's largest campground has spectacular views of the Continental Divide. It is open year round. For more information about camping, click here.

Mountain Pine Beetles (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 1.3 mb)
Why are there so many brown trees?

Night Sky (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 231 kb)
Astronomy in Rocky Mountain National Park

Pets (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 273 kb)
Enjoy Rocky Mountain National Park with your pet.

Ski Touring & Snowshoe Trails in the Kawuneeche Valley (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 672 kb)
Trail information and maps.

Student Guide (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 404 kb)
Need help writing your school report?

Technical Climbing and Bivouac Permits (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 309 kb)
Regulations for doing technical climbing and bivouacing.

Ticks (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 280 kb)
Information about ticks in Rocky Mountain National Park including how to avoid and manage tick encounters.

Timbercreek Campground (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 447 kb)
Located on the west side of the park, approximately ten miles east of the town of Grand Lake, this wooded campground offers the serenity of the quieter side of the park. For more information about camping, click here.

Trail Ridge Road-Alernate Routes (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 199 kb)
The high road through the park, weather permitting, is open from Memorial Day Weekend until wintry weather and heavy snows close it, usually in mid-October to early-November.

Vapor Lock ( 8 1/2 x 11-PDF 396 kb)
Gas vaporizes at a lower temperature at this elevation and may cause the flow of gas to your car's engine to slow down or even stop.

Volunteer (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 475 kb)
Rocky Mountain National Park's volunteer program is one of the largest and most extensive in the National Park Service. For more information about volunteering, click here.

Watching Wildlife (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 658 kb)
One of the highlights of a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park is viewing the wildlife.

Weather and Climate (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 547 kb)
Weather and climate are not the same thing. Information about these conditions in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Wild Basin Summer Trails (8 1/2 x 14-PDF 558 kb)
Hiking trails available in the Wild Basin area.

Wild Basin Winter Trails (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 757 kb)
Winter hiking and snowshoeing in the Wild Basin area.

Winter Activities (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 194 kb)
Sledding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are popular activities in the winter at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Winter Day Hikes (8 1/2 x 11-PDF 203 kb)
Popular winter hiking on the east side of the park.

Did You Know?

a photo of a butterfly researcher looking through binoculars

The Nerd Herd (aka research volunteers) gave more than 4,500 hours to the park in 2009. These citizen scientists help monitor the health of our resources including bears, elk, plants, hummingbirds, glaciers, and butterflies. More...