Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the highest national parks in the nation, with elevations of 7,860 feet to 14,259 feet. It makes you feel like you're on top of the world. Sixty mountain peaks over 12,000 feet high result in a world-renowned landscape. The Continental Divide runs from north to south through the park and marks a climate divide. Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most visited national parks in the country.
With majestic peaks in every direction, wildlife roaming the valleys and some of the most incredible outdoor adventures on the planet, it's no wonder that more than three million people flock to the park every year. Rocky Mountain National Park has 156 lakes. Only 48 of the 156 lakes contain trout populations, as cold water temperatures and lack of spawning habitat prevent stocks from sustaining themselves in many of the highest elevation lakes. There are 1.7 billion year old rocks in the park, and they are also some of the oldest in the National Park System.
You can walk to Moraine Park from the parking lot to do the Deer Mountain hike (but this lot is very small). You can cross the Continental Divide on foot or by driving along Trail Ridge Road, the highest paved road in the national park system.
The eastern and western slopes of the Continental Divide run directly through the center of the park with the headwaters of the Colorado River located in the northwest region of the park. In addition to its natural wonders, Rocky Mountain National Park offers services and amenities to make your experience special and stress-free. With high mountain peaks, hiking trails leading to alpine lakes and waterfalls, wildlife, and a scenic drive along one of the highest highways in the U.S.
In fact, one of the main characteristics of Rocky Mountain National Park is the landscapes created by glaciers. With awe-inspiring landscapes that take visitors to new heights, it's no surprise that the Rocky Mountains are world famous for their beautiful landscapes. Enos Mills, the main figure behind the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park, enjoyed walking to Lily Lake from his nearby cabin. The park contains a network of trails ranging from easy, paved trails suitable for all visitors, including those with disabilities, to strenuous mountain trails for experienced and conditioned hikers, as well as off-the-trail routes for country walks.
The history of Rocky Mountain National Park began when Paleo-Indians traveled along what is now Trail Ridge Road to hunt and search for food.