How Big is Rocky?

How Big is Rocky?

Written on 05/30/2019


Straddling the Continental Divide about sixty miles northwest of Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park is home to 416 square miles (265,821 acres) of designated wilderness.

Picture a tall rectangle about 13 miles wide by 26 miles tall. While Rocky is not one of the largest national parks, by any means, (you could fit about eight “Rocky’s” into one Yellowstone National Park), what makes it so special is that nearly a third of the park is over 10,000 feet above sea level, offering spectacular views in every direction of the world from the top.  When up on Trail Ridge Road you are LITERALLY on top of the world!

Crammed with dazzling, snow-peaked mountains, over 100 of them are named peaks above 10,000 feet. Boasting an amazing array of glacially carved spires and peaks, deep drawing gorges and canyons, as well as an abundance of captivating tundra wildflowers, and alluring mountain wildlife, the Rocky Mountain experience is literally breath-taking!