Rocky Mountain National Park is located approximately 76 miles northwest of Denver in north-central Colorado, within the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The park is situated between the towns of Estes Park to the east and Grand Lake to the west. The eastern and western slopes of the Continental Divide run directly through the center of the park with the headwaters of the Colorado River located in the park’s northwestern region. The main features of the park include mountains, alpine lakes and a wide variety of wildlife within various climates and environments, from wooded forests to mountain tundra. The park has a total of five visitor centers with park headquarters located at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. National Forest lands surround the park including Roosevelt National Forest to the north and east, Routt National Forest to the north and west, and Arapaho National Forest to the west and south, with the Indian Peaks Wilderness area located directly south of the park. The park and these surrounding areas protect a vast mountain wilderness.
The park road goes up and over the continental divide offering spectacular mountain scenery.
Wildlife abounds and can be easily seen from the road.