Old Fall River Road will be closed in 2014 due to flood damage
Damages on Old Fall River Road are extensive and the road will remain closed to vehicles through 2014. It is unknown at this time whether hikers and bicyclists will be allowed on the road next year. More »
Impacts from September 2013 Flood
Due to recent flooding, there are still some closures in the park that could affect your visit. More »
Our National Parks (2372 kb) - National Parks are a uniquely American idea. National Parks in the United States are owned by the American people. The "Our National Parks" Teacher Guide focuses on the creation of national parks, the history of Rocky Mountain National Park, and the roles of park rangers.
Elk Ecology and Management (720 kb) - Elk are one of the many reasons people visit Rocky Mountain National Park. The "Elk Ecology and Management" Teacher Guide provides background information on elk, details interactions between humans and elk past and present, and current management action plans.
Ecosystems of Rocky (1014 kb) - To understand the park as a whole, and how all of its living organisms thrive, it is best to learn about the characteristics of each ecosystem and to compare them in order to see the story of survival and beauty in Rocky Mountain National Park. The "Ecosystems of Rocky" Teacher Guide discusses in detail Rocky's four ecosystems.
Fire Ecology (1264 kb) - Fire plays an important role in many ecosystems. It is a natural, episodic event on the same level as other natural occurrences, such as tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods. The "Fire Ecology" Teacher Guide explains how for many ecosystems, fire is essential for succession, regeneration, and maintenance of healthy forests.
Winter Ecology (1157 kb) - Winter is the longest season in Rocky Mountain National Park lasting up to seven months in some ecosystems. Winter is characterized by cold temperatures and wind chills, short days, low light, and slow growing seasons. These characteristics can prove very challenging and make winter the most difficult season for plants, animals, and humans. The "Winter Ecology" Teacher Guide tells stories of winter survival for all who call Rocky Mountain National Park home.
Aquatic Ecology Teacher Guide (1174 kb) - Rocky Mountain National Park was set aside to protect and preserve the ecosystems, habitats, plants, animals, vistas, and water resources of the Rocky Mountains. The protection of many of these resources, especially the water resources that begin here, is vital to the health of the park's ecosystems and the many of life within. Understanding watershed structure and natural processes is crucial to understanding that certain factors can either degrade or improve the condition of a watershed. The "Aquatic Ecology" Teacher Guide lays out the importance of an area’s water quality, animal populations, and riparian zones as well as how to monitor these resources.
Did You Know?
Kawuneeche Valley is on the west side of the Continental Divide and channels water into the Colorado River. Kawuneeche means Coyote in Arapaho.