Rocky Mountain National Park

admin May 30, 2011 0

Rocky Mountain National Park was created when the Rocky Mountain National Park Act was passed by Congress in 1915. Since that time, many improvements to the area have created the park as it is today.  The park now covers over 416 square miles of area; all of the park is above 7,500 feet of elevation.   There are over 60 mountains in the park which are above 12,000 feet in elevation.

The wide variety of  habitats in the park are perfect for a variety of activities. Visitors enjoy the scenic drives, fishing, camping, biking, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, or participating in ranger led programs. The park also has a variety of wildlife including bighorn sheep, ptarmigan, coyote, and elk.   For more information on park activities, check out the park newspaper at http://www.nps.gov/romo/parknews/index.htm.

Rocky Mountain National Park serves as a real life classroom.  The seminars that have been developed by the Rocky Mountain Nature Association in the park helps to educate the public about nature and the environment.  Most seminars include lectures which allow participants to learn while experiencing the subject of the seminar.  Many of the seminars require some hiking. For more information, on the seminars, go to http://www.rmna.org.

This summer, the park will once again continue the Saturday night classes that have been so popular in the past.  On Saturday, June 4th at 7 pm, the class topic will be “Rocky Mountain Ranger”.  Learn about the life of a ranger from Pat Washburn who talks about her father’s real life adventures as a park ranger in Rocky Mountain Park.  For more information on the program, call 970-586-1206.  Classes are free with entrance fees.

The Rocky Mountain National Park is open 24 hours a day all year long.  Visitors that are planning on staying overnight should be sure to get a valid permit.  Overnight visitors should be in an area designated for overnight stays like a campground site or a backcountry campsite.

Visitors to the park must pay an entrance fee which helps to maintain the park.  Visitors in a car pay $20 per car.  The fee is valid for up to 7 days.  Visitors that are walking, biking, or on motorcycles pay a $10 entrance fee per person.  This is also valid for 7 days.  Fees vary for groups and for disabled visitors.  For more information, check out the fee schedule at http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/feesandreservations.htm.

There are days when visitors can see the park for free.  These include June 21st for the first day of summer; September 24th for Public Lands Day; and November 11th for Veterans Day.

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