If you’re a nature lover or thinking about making your next vacation a trip out to Estes Park, Colorado, you’ve probably picked up quite a bit of information about the Rocky Mountains! With the Rocky Mountain National Park just a few miles away from Misty Mountain Lodge, we’ve become experts on one of the most stunning and impressive mountain ranges in the world.
Check out a couple of our favorite fun facts about the Rockies and get inspired to explore this natural wonder for yourself. Once you’re hooked, get started on booking your next stay right around the corner!
The Rocky Mountains have been around for millions of years.
Since America wasn’t discovered by the rest of the world for several centuries, it can be easy to forget how long some North and South American land features have been around. The Rockies actually started forming between 55 and 80 million years ago! Multiple plates began to shift under the North American land plate and prompted their development.
Mammoths used to live throughout the mountain range.
Way before any land in North America was settled by colonists, Paleo-Indians lived in and around the mountains—and shared the land with mammoths! These indigenous peoples hunted the now-extinct behemoth, along with ancient bison who made their home in the foothills and valleys of the mountains.
The Rockies house several of the top destinations for wildlife watching in the U.S.
Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado alone is home to over 60 different species of mammals, over 300 bird species, 1000s of flower and plant classes, and many more categories of fish, reptiles, insects, and amphibians. Working your way through the park you’ll find whitetail deer, black and grizzly bears, wolverines, elk, moose, lynx, and so much more roaming the lands, flying through the sky, and swimming through the water!
The Rocky Mountains make up a large portion of the Continental Divide.
The Continental Divide, also called The Great Divide, separates what are generally considered the eastern and western halves of America, and the rivers draining into the surrounding Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans.
The Rockies are where rivers diverge into one of the three oceans—a few examples of the many directed waterways are the Rio Grande and Yellowstone that empty into the Atlantic, the Peace and Liard rivers into the Arctic, and the Yukon and Colorado into the Pacific.
Rocky Mountain National Park brings in over 3 million people every year.
The town’s proximity to this national park is what makes Estes Park such a popular tourist destination. The busiest time of year for the park is summer and fall, but the winter season offers its own unique magic as well. Pikes Peak—the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rockies—is located in the park and is the second most visited summit in the world behind Mount Fuji!
Come visit this astonishing marvel of the natural world yourself this summer! Drive or hike the trails, take incredible photos, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and explore some of the other attractions that Estes Park has to offer. Book your stay with Misty Mountain Lodge today and let us make your trip to the Rockies the most memorable getaway yet!