Sound Library

Welcome to the Rocky sound library, where you can experience the soundscapes of one of our premier national parks. The files available here were recorded throughout Rocky Mountain National Park by Jacob Job, a researcher with Colorado State University and the NPS Natural Sounds & Night Skies Division. Dr. Job's research aims to create an acoustic record of sound diversity in the park. According to National Audubon Society's 2014 Climate report, many bird species will experience significant decreases in their wintering and breeding ranges by 2080. This will likely alter the numbers and diversity of bird species in the park and in turn alter the soundscapes heard within the park. This library provides a snapshot in time of Rocky's natural (and in some cases human-caused) sounds. The recordings found here are in the public domain and may be downloaded and used without limitation; however, please credit the "National Park Service" where appropriate.
Do not play these sounds in the park. Doing so violates park wildlife protection regulations.

Bird Sound Index


Natural Soundscapes Index

Sunrise, waterfall and thunder head cloud
Listen to soundscapes throughout the day, of the environment and of the weather.

NPS Photo / Rachel Ames


Soundscapes throughout the day

Dawn Soundscape from Big Meadows
Dawn Wetland Soundscape from Moraine Park
Dawn Soundscape from the Sun Valley Trail
Morning Soundscape from Finch Lake
Evening Soundscape from Moraine Park

Soundscapes of the environment

Stream Soundscape from the Black Canyon Trail
Forest Soundscape from Lawn Lake
Tundra Soundscape from Medicine Bow Trailhead

Soundscapes of the weather

Wind Soundscape from Gem Lake
Thunderstorm Soundscape from Hollowell Park
Thunderstorm Soundscape from the Black Canyon Trail
Thunderstorm Soundscape from the Sunrise Campsite
Thunderstorm and Hail Soundscape from the Sunrise Campsite

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Wildlife Sounds and Soundscapes Index

Coyote at dawn, Elk bugling and Pine Squirrel on a rock
Listen to sounds and soundscapes of wildlife in the park including coyotes, elk, pine squirrels and western chorus frogs.

NPS Photo / Rachel Ames

Wildlife Sounds and Soundscapes

Coyotes and Red-winged Blackbirds in Moraine Park
Elk alarm bark
Bull Elk with bush during the fall rut
Bull Elk glug
Elk mew
Elk mew, bugle and glug
Moraine Park at dawn during the fall rut soundscape featuring Elk and Coyotes
Pine Squirrel
Western Chorus Frog soundscape in Moraine Park

Last updated: July 20, 2018

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