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Throughout its 416 square miles of rock-ribbed wildness, Rocky Mountain National Park truly is a land of superlatives. Here at least 60 mountains exceed 12,000 feet, topping off at 14,259 feet on the football field-sized summit of Longs Peak. Names such as Cirrus, Chiefs Head, Isolation, Mummy, and Storm evoke the grandeur of this high landscape.
Although the great peaks comprise the essence of the park, the delicate alpine flowers, clear lakes, rushing mountain waters, and impressive forests appeal to all the senses. An array of wildlife - bighorn sheep, ptarmigan, coyote, elk - adds life to the landscape.
The wide variety of elevations and habitats create a choice of activities for visitors. From scenic drives and short strolls along a gentle trail to more ambitious daylong hikes to vertical mountain climbs, Rocky Mountain National Park offers many ways to experience nature in all its splendor.
Read all about the current activities in the Rocky Mountain National Park Newspaper. This is a large PDF you can download and print.
Rocky Mountain Nature Association (RMNA) Field Seminars
Most seminars include lectures, with field trips that enable participants to experience the Park in an atmosphere of personal instruction. Most seminars require hiking, introducing an element of rigor because of high altitude and variable weather.
For more information, visit the RMNA website at http://www.rmna.org.
If you care to purchase maps and books about the park to help plan your visit, start by visiting the Rocky Mountain Nature Association web-bookstore.
Did You Know?
If the current amount of total nitrogen deposition measured at the high-elevation monitoring site in Rocky Mountain National Park (3 kg/ha/yr) was the same throughout the park, the amount of airborne nitrogen entering the park would be equivalent to 35,500 twenty-pound bags of fertilizer. More...