Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most visited national parks in the country. With majestic peaks in every direction, wildlife roaming the valleys and some of the most incredible outdoor adventures on the planet, it is no wonder more than three million people flock to the park each year.
Here are some know before you go tips for visiting Rocky Mountain National Park and the nearby town of Estes Park and a few quick, helpful videos on how to do the national park right. And be sure to plan ahead for the construction in Estes Park and the national park's Fall River Entrance. Learn more.
To enter Rocky Mountain National Park between May 26 and October 22, 2023, two things are required: a timed entry permit plus a park pass or entrance fee. Find complete information on the timed-entry permit reservation system here.
Within the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park, more than 100 peaks rise above 11,000 feet in altitude, including Longs Peak at 14,259 feet. These amazing mountains cradle the Estes Valley, providing residents and guests with incredible beauty and inspiration. Many of the taller peaks make up the Continental Divide, where snowmelt runs either west to the Pacific Ocean or east to the Atlantic. The park's vistas are accessible by horseback, on foot, or by car - the most notable vehicle route being Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuously paved highway in North America. No matter your level of interest, adventure awaits you while viewing, exploring and appreciating this breathtaking collection of mountains.
While it is possible to travel through Rocky Mountain National Park and not catch sight of any wildlife, we venture to say that is an unlikely experience. From everyday sightings of chipmunks and mule deer to the moving experience of viewing elk in rut (the mating season), the animals in the park let you know that you are part of something truly wild. Some of these critters are harder to spot than others - they might camouflage themselves in the trees or hide in the underbrush - but look closely and you may have an encounter unlike any other.
The outdoor adventurer remains busy throughout the year in Rocky Mountain National Park. Open 365 days a year, there are activities and sports throughout the summer/fall and winter/spring seasons. Whether looking for a new route to an adrenaline rush, or simply enjoying a favorite pastime, Rocky Mountain National Park's unique and varied landscapes offer something fun.
In addition to its natural wonders, Rocky Mountain National Park provides services and amenities to make your experience special and stress-free. Look through the visitor information and stop by a visitor center to gather all the tidbits you need to know, such as where you're going, what to do and how to prepare. Download the official National Park Service app to help you plan your trip to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Visit the official Rocky Mountain National Park website or call the RMNP information line, 970-586-1206