Science & Research

Research and management studies have been conducted in Rocky Mountain National Park for over 100 years. They have become essential tools for today's park managers. The best available science guides management decisions and policies for all aspects of park operations.

Continental Divide Research Learning Center
The Continental Divide Research Learning Center assists researchers in the park and integrates research from the natural, cultural and social sciences into the following three areas:

  • Visitor experience
  • Resource stewardship
  • Educational outreach programs
For more information about research and learning facilities and programs at the park, please visit the Continental Divide Research Learning Center website or follow the links below.
Researchers measure the diameter and height of trees

Research Highlights

Learn how scientists see Rocky Mountain National Park as a living laboratory that reveals high elevation secrets.

Student holds out a dragonfly larva

Learning Opportunities

Scientists of all ages and abilities can climb to new heights by gaining experience in the park.

researcher holds a hummingbird

Citizen Science

Members of the public help collect valuable data used to address current park management topics.

Equipment by the river in Moraine Park

Research Permits

Have an idea for a research project in Rocky? Learn how you can contribute to one of the largest research programs in the National Park Service.

A group of people inventories a pond during BioBlitz 2012

National Geographic BioBlitz 2012

The public teamed up with scientists for two days to capture a snapshot of plant and animal diversity in the park.

Longs Peak vista view

Natural Resource Vital Signs

This report describes the status of important resources in Rocky Mountain National Park.


Last updated: November 9, 2017

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Mailing Address:

1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517


(970) 586-1206
Through winter, the Information Office is open 8:00 am–4:30 pm Mon–Fri. Recorded Trail Ridge Road status: (970) 586-1222.

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