Did you know that in 1915 President Woodrow Wilson signed the Rocky Mountain National Park Act? This act established the boundaries of the park and set up protection for the land. Rocky Mountain National Park covers more than 265,000 acres in northern Colorado. There are 450 miles of streams, 350 miles of trails, 150 lakes and 3 vibrant ecosystems. Some of the animals and plants you can find include elk, bighorn sheep, bears, marmots, cougars, fish, insects, aspen, pine trees, lichen, and wildflowers. More than 3 million people visit the park each year.
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Rocky Mountain National Park is surrounded by national forests. To the north and east are Roosevelt National Forest, to the west Arapaho National Forest, and to the south Indian Peaks Wilderness.
There are 5 visitor centers. The Beaver Meadows Visitor Center was designed by the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Taliesin West.
Trail Ridge Road traverses the park starting at the Grand Lake Entrance and ends at the Fall River Entrance. The road is about 48 miles long. It closed during the winter and does not open until late spring or early summer. The highest elevation for the road is 12,183 feet, it crosses the Continental Divide near Milner Pass.
Elevations in the park run from 7,860 ft. to 14,259 ft. Within the park there are 114 mountain peaks over 10,000 feet high. The highest is Longs Peak with an elevation of 14,259 feet.
The headwater of the Colorado River is located in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Continental Divide runs north to south through the park. Rivers and streams on the western side of the divide eventually flow to the Pacific Basin; rivers and streams to the east eventually flow to the Atlantic Basin.