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.
Getting to Estes Park is much easier and more wondrous than you imagine. The journey to Estes Park involves only major highways and paved roads, with no alpine mountain passes. The well-maintained roads lead through winding river valleys, where the delightful scenery perfectly sets the stage for the awe-inspiring views that greet you when you arrive in Estes Park.
The village of Estes Park is only minutes from two main entrances to Rocky Mountain National Park, and there are many ways to get there or anywhere in the Estes Valley. With free, seasonal Town of Estes Park shuttle buses, multiple taxi companies and easy-to-use maps, getting around the Estes Valley is a snap.
Inviting and welcoming visitors to Estes Park is nothing new. For hundreds of years the Native American Arapahoe and Ute tribes have been visiting this area in short or seasonal intervals. As European pioneers came west and settled in the Estes Valley, the settlers quickly started welcoming visitors into their lodges and guest cabins. A half-century later F.O. Stanley opened the Stanley Hotel, which ignited the hospitality industry in the area. And the rest is history, as they say.
With the rich history of Estes Park and the well-protected lands of Roosevelt National Forest and Rocky Mountain National Park, you can experience elements of days gone by. Take in the views that 19thcentury English writer and traveler Isabella Bird so eloquently described. Wrangle cattle on the historic MacGregor Ranch. Trek the paths of Native American youth on a vision quest. It is all still here for you to explore!
You don't want this magical journey to the mountains to end, and it doesn't have to...exactly. There are many ways for you to keep the spirit of your Estes vacation alive. Sign up for our e-newsletter for regular news updates, upcoming events or unbeatable specials. Bookmark our revealing webcams to check on your favorite spot and instantly be transported back. Follow our many social media channels to stay "in the know" and "in the now" with everything Estes.