The Crocker mountain range runs parallel to the northwestern coast of Sabah for about 100km from Tenom towards Mt Kinabalu, with elevation ranging from 100m to 2050m at the peak of Mt. Alab.
The Crocker range national park was initially set up as a forest reserve in 1968 and became a national park in 1984 to protect its rich biodiversity and rare species of plants and wildlife.
The park is located in the southern part of the Crocker range and is 75km long and 15km wide. With an area of 1399 kmĀ² it is the largest national park in Sabah. Most of the park ist covered by forest with a section of perhaps the last remaining hills dipterocarp forest along western Sabah.
106 species of mammals (the three most endangered species are the Orang Utan, the Sun Bear, the Clouded Leopard), 265 species of birds, 52 species of reptiles, 67 species of frogs and 26 species of freshwater fishes live in the park.
The Crocker range national park is covered mainly by mixed dipterocarp forest and montane and upper montane mossy forest at the peak near Gunung Alab. Rafflesias grow across the park and are relatively easy to spot.

Across the park there are 10 substations which offer access to the park. Near the park headquarter in Ulu Kimanis there is the Crocker Nature Centre, a facility with a small lecture room and a gallery display. Next to it there are two short trails across the forest. The Salt trail is a longer (34km) trail in the Tambunan district which can be covered in three days.

How to access the Crocker range national park: From KK it's an 1:30 hours drive to the park headquarter near the Kimanis station, 14km from Keningau. Alternatively it is possible to drive by bus from KK to Keningau (departures from KK are at 7am, 8am, 10am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 5pm) and take a taxi from there to the park headquarter.

Accommodation inside the park is available at the relatively expensive Manis Manis Rooftop of Borneo resort, which has individual rooms from RM 320 and cheaper shared rooms in the adjacent hostel. Otherwise there are many hotels in the city of Keningau, which is 13km from the park headquarter.
01 Crocker range 02 Crocker range 03 Terraced hills
04 Terraced hills 05 Southern Crocker range 06 Forest trail
07 Start of Crocker trail 08 Crocker trail 09 Forest trail 10 Crocker trail 11 Crocker trail
12 Crocker trail 13 Forest trail 14 Crocker trail 15 Waterfall 16 Waterfall
17 Crocker trail 18 Gazebo 19 Crocker range national park
20 Crocker range national park 21 Road inside the park
22 Banana trees 23 View towards Keningau
01 Mahua substation 02 Security gate 03 Rainforest 04 Path to waterfall 05 Path to waterfall
06 Path to waterfall 07 Tall trees 08 Mahua forest stream 09 Mahua river 10 Mahua river
11 Path to waterfall and gazebo 12 Waterfall 13 Waterfall 14 Mahua waterfall 15 Mahua river and waterfall
01 Rafflesia arnoldii about to bloom 02 Rafflesia arnoldii bud 03 Fully open Rafflesia arnoldii 04 Rafflesia arnoldii
05 Rafflesia arnoldii flower 06 Rafflesia arnoldii 07 Rafflesia arnoldii on first blooming day 08 Rafflesia arnoldii central detail
09 Rafflesia arnoldii 10 Rafflesia arnoldii flower 11 Rafflesia arnoldii 12 Rafflesia arnoldii in full bloom
13 Rafflesia pricei 14 Rafflesia pricei flower 15 Rafflesia pricei 16 Rafflesia pricei flowers
17 Rafflesia pricei in full bloom 18 Rafflesia pricei 01 Car on road across Crocker range 02 Road to Keningau
03 Dimie Pedalaman resort 04 Telecommunications tower 05 Car crossing Crocker range 06 Crocker range road
07 Fern 08 Kimanis security gate 09 Crocker range road 10 Crocker range road
11 Telecommunictions tower 12 Crocker range road 13 Crocker range park headquarter 14 Road crossing Crocker range
15 Roadside cafe 16 Crocker range park headquarter 17 Lily
18 Red hibiscus 19 Crocker nature centre 20 Keningau
21 Keningau 22 Keningau mall
23 Keningau 24 Hotel Paramount Keningau 25 Hotel Ria Keningau
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