Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain has more than 1,000 archaeological sites and 150 buildings of historic significance; 47 of the buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, which is reserved for structures that tie in strongly to the park's history in terms of architecture, archaeology, engineering, or culture. Most buildings at Rocky Mountain are done in the rustic style, a design preferred by the National Park Service's first director, Stephen Mather, that works to incorporate nature into these man-made structures.

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  • 1. Trail Ridge Road

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    This is the park's star attraction and the world's highest continuous paved highway, topping out at 12,183 feet. The 48-mile road connects the...Read More

  • 2. Alpine Visitor Center

    Information Center

    At the top of Trail Ridge Road, this visitor center is open only when that road is navigable. The center also houses the park's only gift shop...Read More

  • 3. Artist-in-Residence


    Professional writers, sculptors, composers, and visual and performing artists can stay in a rustic cabin for two weeks in summer while working...Read More

  • 4. Bear Lake

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Thanks to its picturesque location, easy accessibility, and the good hiking trails nearby, this small alpine lake below Flattop Mountain and...Read More

  • 5. Bear Lake Road

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    This 23-mile round-trip drive offers superlative views of Longs Peak (14,259-foot summit) and the glaciers surrounding Bear Lake, winding past...Read More

  • 6. Beaver Meadows Visitor Center

    Information Center

    Housing the park headquarters, this visitor center was designed by students of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin West...Read More

  • 7. Endovalley


    With 32 tables and 30 fire grates, this is the largest picnic area in the park. Here, you'll find aspen groves, nice views of Fall River Pass...Read More

  • 8. Eugenia Mine

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    A moderate, 1.4-mile hike through aspen and evergreen groves takes you to this abandoned mine, where there are some scattered tailings and the...Read More

  • 9. Fall River Visitor Center

    Information Center

    The Discovery Room, which houses everything from old ranger outfits to elk antlers, coyote pelts, and bighorn sheep skulls for hands-on exploration...Read More

  • 10. Farview Curve Overlook

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    At an elevation of 10,120 feet, this lookout affords a panoramic view of the Colorado River near its origin and the Grand Ditch, a water diversion...Read More

  • 11. Forest Canyon Overlook

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Park at a dedicated lot to disembark on a wildflower-rich, 0.2-mile trail. Easy to access for all skill levels, this glacial valley overlook...Read More

  • 12. Hollowell Park


    In a meadow near Mill Creek, this lovely spot for a picnic has 10 tables and is open year-round. It's also close to the Hollowell Park and Mill...Read More

  • 13. Holzwarth Historic Site


    A scenic ½-mile interpretive trail leads you over the Colorado River to the original dude ranch that the Holzwarth family, some of the park...Read More

  • 14. Junior Ranger Program


    Stop by the Junior Ranger Headquarters off Trail Ridge Road for ranger-led talks during the summer months. You can also pick up a Junior Ranger...Read More

  • 15. Kawuneeche Visitor Center

    Information Center

    The only visitor center on the park's far west side, Kawuneeche has exhibits on the plant and animal life of the area, as well as a large three...Read More

  • 16. Lulu City

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The remains of a few cabins are all that's left of this onetime silver-mining town, established around 1880. Reach it by hiking the 3.6-mile...Read More

  • 17. Old Fall River Road

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    Nearly 100 years old and never more than 14 feet wide, this road stretches for 11 miles, from the park's east side to the Fall River Pass (11...Read More

  • 18. Peak to Peak Scenic and Historic Byway

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    The Peak to Peak Scenic and Historic Byway (Highways 119, 72, and 7), a 55-mile stretch that winds from Central City through Nederland to Estes...Read More

  • 19. Ranger Programs


    Join in on free hikes, talks, and activities conducted by those who know the park best. Topics may include wildlife, geology, vegetation, or...Read More

  • 20. Rocky Mountain Conservancy


    Each year, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy sponsors more than 200 hands-on field institute adventures for adults and children on such topics...Read More

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