Timed Entry Permits & Rocky Mountain National Park

Timed Entry Permits & Rocky Mountain National Park

To enter Rocky Mountain National Park between May 28 and October 11 two things are required: a timed entry permit PLUS a park pass or entrance fee. Use these tips to plan your trip into Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Estes Park Visitor Center FAQ's

Answers to all of your burning questions about Estes Park. No one in town fields more questions about Estes Park than the well-informed staff and volunteers at the Visitor Center at 500 Big Thompson Avenue. Want to know the best time to visit? Where to hike? When the deer turn into elk? (Spoiler…

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What's New this Summer

Work these new attractions into your stay in Estes Park this summer. Mustang Mountain Coaster See Estes Park’s iconic views from a new perspective on our new alpine coaster. Riders get views of Longs Peak and the rest of the continental divide through its twists and turns—when you can tear your…

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The Plowing of Trail Ridge Road

Plowing isn't normally big news or cause for celebration--unless the plow is clearing Rocky Mountain National Park's Trail Ridge Road. This year (2021) Rocky Mountain National Park hopes to open Trail Ridge Road fully on Friday, May 28 - weather-permitting, of course. Trail Ridge Road connects…

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The Best Apps for Your Trip to Estes Park

I know what you’re thinking. “Best apps? But this is my time to unplug!” There’s a way to experience the power of a digital detox while occasionally using a few apps to be more efficient and get the most out of your trip. Whether that’s figuring out where your next hike will start or answering your…

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The Estes Park Required Reading List

While there are endless official guidebooks telling you exactly where to go, when to go, and how to go, there are some unofficial “guide books” that might inspire you as well. Whether that's searching for ghosts at the Stanley, summiting Longs Peak in a dress or just getting outside and doing things…

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Estes Park Named "Best Mountain Town"

Estes Park, Colorado’s quintessential mountain town and basecamp to Rocky Mountain National Park, has earned the accolade of Best Mountain Town in Sunset’s 2018 Travel Awards. Sunset’s editors cited our “full roster of outdoor activities (fly fishing! camping! hiking!)”, our proximity to one of…

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Colorado's Fire Season

What you need to know to have a safe and fun vacation in Estes Park *Note: As of 7/20/18 there is an Open Burning Restriction in the Estes Valley and a Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Rocky Mountain National Park. Click here for updates The Rockies are an arid mountain region and every year like much…

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