Wildlife in RMNP

Wildlife in RMNP

Rocky Mountain National Park, established in 1915, is a living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. With elevations ranging from 8,000 feet in the wet, grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the weather-ravaged top of Longs Peak, a visitor to the park has opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures.

Elk, mule deer, moose, bighorn sheep, black bears, coyotes, cougars, eagles, hawks and scores of smaller animals delight wildlife-watchers of all ages. Wildflower-lovers are never disappointed in June and July when the meadows and hillsides are splashed with botanical color. Autumn visitors can relax among the golden aspens or enjoy the rowdier antics of the elk rut during mating season.

I’ve been up to the top of the park a couple times, and have camped several times in Pingree Park, operated by Colorado State University in Fort Collins, which is just on the western border of the National Park. I collected several pins that commemorate the life and scenery of this fantastic park.

Location: 13-D1