Fun Facts to Get You Excited About Your Visit to Rocky Mountain National Park
Updated: Aug 22
Rocky Mountain National Park is truly a sight to behold. It is one of the most beautiful places in the country, with mountains, lakes, and fields galore—and it is right in our backyard!
A trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park is something that is on many family’s bucket lists, and for good reason. You can experience a little bit of everything out here in nature (including horseback riding, of course), and there truly is not a better setting to explore.
To help you get pumped up for your visit, we assembled some fun facts about the park so you can get to know it better!
Fun Facts About Rocky Mountain National Park:
You can appreciate the Great Divide. The Great Divide, the divide that determines whether water flows toward the Atlantic or the Pacific Ocean is located right in the middle of Rocky Mountain National Park, and you can actually hike right along it. The 30-mile Continental Divide Trail splits the park into its Eastern and Western sections and runs right along the Great Divide in many places.
You can see the highest continuous paved road in America. Trail Ridge Road is a paved road that contains 48 miles of incredible views—and with its highest point at 12,183 feet, it is the highest continuous paved road in the country.
Birdwatchers will be thrilled. Within the park, there are more than 280 species of birds known to habitat. Bring your binoculars to get a glimpse of the White-tailed Ptarmigan, Gray Jay, and more!
You are bound to see some sheep. Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep are the largest wild sheep in North America, weighing more than 300 pounds—and because there are over 400 residing in the park, you are bound to spot a few as you explore.
Wildflowers are plentiful. The varied terrain in Rocky Mountain National Park makes it a fantastic spot for wildflower enthusiasts in the spring. The elevation ranges from 7,600 feet to more than 14,000, containing over 1,000 wildflower species that thrive at different altitudes.