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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Celebrate the Holidays

in Estes Park

Make Estes Park your new home for the holidays! Whether coming for a weekend trip to fill Santa's sack with unique and special gifts, or starting a new holiday tradition, the array of festive events, one-of-a-kind shops, delicious restaurant and cozy lodging will have just the right elements to make your stay the perfect holiday getaway. Rocky Mountain National Park is open as well, and adventures abound! From Jeep tours to snowshoeing, local Estes Park outfitters offer excursions and equipment rentals for both the novice and the expert. 


So bring the family to Estes Park this holiday season to make new memories, start new traditions and get reacquainted with our majestic mountain village!

Holiday Shopping in the Village of Estes Park

Find the perfect gifts for your loved-ones or yourself in one of Estes Park's locally-owned boutiques and shops. From clothing and jewelry to sweet treats and home decor, there is something for everyone on your list! Every Friday through Dec. 18th is Festive Fridays, where shoppers can get chair massages, special deals and holiday treats! 

December Holiday Events 

Estes Park hosts holiday events each weekend from mid-November through New Year's Eve! From the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony to a lighted Christmas parade on Thanksgiving weekend, a holiday pub crawl to Breakfast with Santa. Find all the holiday events by browsing our online event calendar. santa-in-estes-park

Whereabouts of Santa

Visit Santa at one of our many holiday events.

Yuletide Lights Driving Tour 

Enjoy the Yuletide Lights Driving Tour in Estes Park this holiday season! Use this Google Map or print out a copy of the map (pdf) of festively decorated Estes Park local businesses and residential houses to do a self-guided driving tour of these beautifully decorated buildings! Grab some hot chocolate from a local coffee shop and hop in the car to enjoy this tour of Estes Park community members who want to share their holiday spirit with you!

Holiday Getaways

Start planning your holiday stay in Estes Park to celebrate, shop and relax during this festive season. Enjoy special events each weekend along with unique shopping and amazing outdoor recreation. Browse the listings below to find your base camp and select your getaway activities.

Christmas Buffets & Dinners

Savor Christmas Day in Estes Park with a variety of delicious traditional Christmas Buffets throughout the village. After a hearty meal with family, head into Rocky Mountain National Park to take in the views from one of the snowshoe trails or a scenic drive to Bear Lake.  

New Year's Eve in Estes Park

Ring in the New Year in Estes Park with special celebration menus at restaurants and parties with live music, DJs and champagne throughout the village! Make it a special weekend getaway and book your New Year's Eve weekend today. 

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