The Rocky Mountain Network includes six national parks located in the central and southern Rocky Mountain Cordillera, roughly along a NNW–SSE axis that follows the Continental Divide for more than 720 miles. Network parks include some of the nation’s most iconic parks such as Glacier and Rocky Mountain National Parks and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. It also includes equally beautiful but perhaps lesser known sites which commemorate our natural and cultural heritage.
Three network parks—Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument—are relatively small in acreage and were established primarily to protect cultural, historical and paleontological resources.
Three network parks—Glacier National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, and Rocky Mountain National Park—are much larger and were established to protect natural resources and ecosystems. These three parks comprise over 99% of the network’s 1,436,192 acres (581,206 ha).
Although these six National Park Service units span an extremely diverse region, they share ecological similarities and have a tradition of working together. To learn more about a specific park, choose from the photos in the parks sections below.
We also partner with scientists from other networks and NPS programs, from other agencies, and from colleges and universities. To learn more about a specific Rocky Mountain Network partner, choose from the photos in the partners section below.