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.
Spending the day in the park doesn't mean going hungry. Whether you pack your own meals or order dinner to go from an Estes Park restaurant, picnicking in Rocky Mountain National Park is always a treat!
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Picnic areas speckle the national park and vary widely in types and sizes. From a picnic table at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center to large-scale, outdoor cafeteria-like settings, you can find just the right atmosphere and convenience you seek. The largest picnic areas on the east (Estes Park) side of RMNP are:
Additional well-known picnic areas include Lily Lake, Lawn Lake, the Longs Peak Ranger Station, Tuxedo Park and the Wild Basin Trailhead. West-side picnic areas also are available at the Colorado River, the Beaver Ponds, Coyote Valley and additional locations. A group picnic area is available at Lily Lake, by reservation only and for a fee.
Find more information on picnicking in Rocky Mountain National Park, including regulations, group fees and responsible practices at the official Rocky Mountain National Park Picnic webpage.