Since almost all of our travel plans have been cancelled this spring and summer we have had to improvise. The kids and I have been having a blast researching new travel spots, and family vacation ideas. This has turned into a bucket list of sorts, with the National Parks at the top of our lists of must sees! You will love these free resources for discovering Rocky Mountain National Park.
Rocky Mountain National Park is located outside of Denver International Airport in North Central Colorado in the front range of the Rocky Mountains. It is 415 square miles long and 265,761 acres in size. The 30-mile-long Continental Divide Trail runs directly through the the park, splitting it into its Eastern and Western sections almost equally.
The U.S Government acquired the land in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase. Spanish explorers and fur trappers explored the land. The abundant amount of animals brought in lots of homesteaders, hunters and trappers. On January 26, 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Rocky Mountain National Park Act.
You will really feel like you are “on top of the world” when you visit this park. This park is home to the highest paved road in the United States: Trail Ridge Road. It is nicknamed the “highway in the sky” where the mountains touch the clouds. Its highest point is 12,183 ft.feet and includes many overlooks where you can see the subalpine and alpine views.
There are over 300 miles of hiking trails. With flat easy hikes that go around the base of a mountain, to multi day backpacking and climbing trips, there is something for every outdoor enthusiast. (more about hiking)
FREE Resources for Discovering Rocky Mountain National Park:
Free Printables and Articles to plan your trip:
Fun Facts with fun information and web links for kids. There are ideas for projects and research papers all compiled by Rocky Mountain National Park.
Rocky Mountain National Park is home to over 100 butterfly species, mammals, fish, birds, insects, and endangered animal species. You can click through each photo in the categories to dig deeper and research each one. There are over 400 bighorn sheep located throughout the park, and these majestic creatures are the symbol of the park.
There is a great breakdown of history, scientific facts, and lots of photographs of these species in their natural habitat in the park at these links:
If your kids enjoy watching videos and tours they will enjoy this fun video field trip with a creation perspective:
Websites and Virtual Tours:
View even more webcams from the visitor entrance to the different peaks and valleys in the park.
Rocky Mountain National Park has some amazing multi media experiences. They really make you feel like you are there from the comfort of your home.