Rocky Mountain History & Museums: Rocky Mountain: Moraine Park Museum

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Moraine Park Museum

Touring the Moraine Park Museum in Rocky Mountain National Park gives you a true appreciation of this area’s scenic wonders, while you learn how these landscapes were actually created. Read More

  • Moraine Park Museum shows the geology of Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Interactive displays give the “hands-on” approach to learning
  • The museum is within easy reach from Estes Park, Colorado
  • Admission is free
  • Visit the gift shop to find some great gifts for family and friends

Overview

The Moraine Park Museum is a great place to start your visit to Rocky Mountain National Park. At the museum, the visitor will learn all about the geology, glaciers, thunderstorms and other forces that worked together (and at times against each other) to create the unique and fantastic landscape around you. Engaging exhibits attract the interest of all ages. Some of the interactive displays show exactly how a glacier glides and forms a valley between two mountains.

Location/Directions

Take Highway 36 west from Estes Park, Colorado, and after you pass the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station, Bear Lake Road begins on your left. Turn left and go about one and half miles to the Moraine Park Visitor Center. The museum is inside.

Contact information for Rocky Mountain National Park:
1000 Highway 36
Estes Park, CO 80517-8397
Phone for visitor information: 970-586-1206

Hours/Seasons

The museum is open from late April to early October.

Cost

Admission to Moraine Park Museum is free.

More Info

In addition to the interesting and informative displays, there is an excellent bookstore that boasts a children’s section and plenty of fascinating gifts for the people back home.

After you visit the museum, you can then take the Free Shuttle Bus to visit other areas of Rocky Mountain National Park or elect to take a short scenic hike from any of the trailheads in the area.